UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | November 11, 2022

Believing is key to fooling anyone

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What you think becomes reality.

It’s called “The Secret,” a documentary directed by Drew Hariot and Sean Byrne. The documentary demonstrates the law of attraction and how our thoughts help the universe bring positive or negative energy toward us. This documentary was shown to me by a genius, whom to this day I believe could fool anyone.

The other night I came home to a stranger at my house. He was not alone but casually talking with my two roommates; he was slender, young, kind and meek-looking, and he greeted me as I walked in.

He was a storage unit full of information and knew fact upon fact upon fact. It made him seem out of this world. He’d studied his history and he knew what he believed in. He had been in the Air Force Special Forces, and he spoke about things that supposedly the government could kill him for. I was shocked and intrigued by him. He made me question everything I thought I knew, and if the night had ended early enough he would’ve fooled me. I would’ve believed his every word.

It wasn’t until later that night I had really listened to some of the things he was saying. He had watched tons of documentaries; he didn’t know these things from firsthand experience, nor did he study every minute detail of our government’s actions in our daily lives. He had seen the same documentaries I had watched on Netflix. The only difference between he and I was that he could remember each detail and believed it.

He fooled us. He had us wrapped around his finger. He had us believing he had firsthand accounts of each situation, yet he had simply watched the same documentaries I had.

I was easily fooled by somebody who claimed he had authority over me. Special Forces, military man and soldier knew more about the government and its control over us than I did, right?

Well, he was a soldier turned conspiracy theorist. That’s all.

So how do you keep from being fooled?

Question everything.

No matter how many facts somebody places in front of you, question them. You do not know they are true until you test them. Truth is not in trust. Truth is in knowing.

Believe that you’re an intelligent person. 

If you believe you are an intelligent person, the people who seem to have power over you will seem more like ordinary people. You will have the power, and you will be in control. No question is stupid. Listen thoroughly and ask questions when you are unsure of a certain topic. Don’t let them give you a vocabulary lesson and don’t be afraid to ask them to simplify the topic.

Compare and Contrast.

Compare what the other person is saying to what you know of the topic. See the similarities and the differences and make your own hypothesis.

Do the research.

If it’s a topic that makes you question your beliefs, look it up. Do not take what another person says as a credible source no matter how much they may seem to know about it. My best friend has always told me, trust no one until he or she gives you a reason to. There is never a bad side to knowing what you’re talking about, or learning about, in this case

So maybe take this advice to class. Question what your professors are teaching, what you’re peers are saying, or what you’re hearing on TV. Look up all the information you can because it’s true that you can never know too much.

Plus, I bet you’ll never be fooled again.