Fake news can refer to far more than what some say is deliberately mistaken reporting by the media. Fake news is what we unwittingly accept about ourselves, others and even the world.
Writer Kay Stroud digs deep into the implications of accepting or acting out lies. Turns out, the inability to detect and expose fake news negatively affects our health and our dealings with others. Stroud writes:
“Research suggests that frequent lying, deceit, fabrication, or misrepresentation of the truth in our lives or in our conversations – or even accepting ‘fake news’ as truth – can have unexpected ramifications, leading to stress and chronic pessimism.
“One study at a university found that lying and cheating were common and even became quite acceptable as fellow-students were also seen to be lying and cheating. Furthermore, behavioural scientist, Professor Dan Ariely from Duke University, postulates* that we all lie to some degree, with rationalisations for our actions including the desire to look clever or cooler to others (to be the person we wish we were) or to obtain some reward.
“However, in the study, cheating decreased dramatically when participants were asked to swear on the Bible or sign an honour code, or try to list the Ten Commandments before the test. Then, not one cheated! The results suggest that, when the presence of a higher power is brought to bear on the situation, it spurs us to identify ourselves with the truthful behaviours we associate with divinity. And, this, lifts us out of poor behaviours.”
Stroud then shows how we don’t have to accept the “alternative facts” about discord. She even cites a dramatic experience from her work to prove the point. If you want to know how she defeated the “fake news” she was getting about a colleague, and how turning to the truth, or more spiritual sense of the situation, healed the relationship Read More here.