“The people will believe a big lie, but not a small lie.”
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
The first quote is from Adolph Hitler. The second is from Joseph Goebbels.
More than one study of Hitler’s psychological profile has analyzed his stunningly successful use of “The Big Lie” and other propaganda techniques he used to advance his evil plans.
Here’s an excerpt from the work of The Nizkor Project, an Internet-based educational project run by B’nai Brith Canada which is dedicated to countering Holocaust Revision and teaching about the Holocaust to combat hatred:
“His primary rules were never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong…”
If that sounds familiar, it should. Both the excerpt and the quotes clearly describe the fundamental operating principles for a certain presidential candidate, whose disregard for the truth is roughly equal to his disregard for women, Muslims, African-Americans and people with disabilities.
Unfortunately, so many people – and websites – are spreading so many lies, both big and small, today that it can be hard to find the truth. As a result, a lot of people have decided to believe no one and nothing except for what they personally, individually hold to be true, according to their own heavily filtered sources.
Because belief is motivated primarily by faith instead of reason, it takes effort to break through to a person who has blindly accepted “The Big Lie.” But it’s worth trying to keep even one of them from making the kind of mistake that could cost all of us.
Election Day is around the corner. Please keep trying.