In the era of “fake-news” alerts and legions of political fact-checkers tasked with determining the truthfulness of any given statement, I’ve often reflected on why falsehoods still continue to be perpetuated and believed by the masses. One need not look any further than today’s political environment to find hard evidence revealing just how ineffective facts are at making any sort of compelling argument.
Hannah Arendt, an esteemed 20th century political theorist said it best:
“Factual truths are never compellingly true. The historian knows how vulnerable is the whole texture of facts in which we spend our daily life; it is always in danger of being perforated by single lies or torn to shreds… From this, it follows that no factual statement can ever be beyond doubt.”