Jumping To Conclusions: Don’t!

“Now don’t go jumping to conclusions”, your 5th grade English teacher Mrs. Muckaraka would tell you, and you thought she sounded like a prehistoric relic, a walking anachronism.

Apply that proverb to the cycle of news propaganda parried at us on a daily basis, one wonders if we are always being led to the slaughter – or just every other day. With great regularity, we are encouraged to jump to conclusions without reasoned examination.

Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Thinking is being erased. When watching cable news or listening to the corporate radio that blankets rural America, one sees that we are being pummeled by a logic that is beyond tortured, in much the same way Orwell warned. As you know, the repetition of the lie is what eventually makes it true.

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”

But now, don’t jump to conclusions. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we are going to repeat history. Our behavior is not being manipulated in an organized programmatic manner.


Our thanks to street artist Sara Lynne Leo for sparking this particularly side-winded Saturday diatribe.