Underlying this effort is the belief that, if humanity has to enjoy a collective breath of true peace and happiness in this world, facts and truth must inform human thought and discourse and guide human life.
For, truth is freedom and falsehood is bondage – both physical and mental.
Truth is also fundamental to human beings’ spiritual well being – both in this world and the next.
The fact is often one cannot exist without the other – I mean truth and freedom, falsehood and slavery.
Conversely, getting a taste of one would inevitably set human beings on a quest for the other.
That means give people the truth, and they will pursue liberty in all its dimensions.
Liberty of mind.
Liberty of body.
Liberty of thought.
Liberty of speech.
And liberty of action.
By the same token, feed human beings a steady diet of falsehood and soon you will be able to turn them into robotic slaves of both body and mind.
Traders of Truth
That is why those whose main preoccupation is to trade in human liberty – in whatever form – have been throughout history – and always will be – also manufacturers and merchandisers of falsehood.
Given the pursuit and the profession they are in, they need to be.
These are people who often sell truth in small doses, or in large quantities – depending on what they consider to be the best policy or strategy at a given time or on a given issue – but rarely in full measure.
Often, their main concern is, as the Qur’an puts it, with mixing truth with falsehood – and thus covering up the truth.
They, thus, create a new alloy that is often neither full truth nor complete falsehood – but a little bit of both.
They are dealers of mixed truths and often of manufactured facts.
The final result, however, is still the same: hiding truth from the people – from the eyes of those who need it most.
The often ill-informed, poorly motivated, naïve, nice, gullible, trusting masses of humanity everywhere, who often lack the means, the resources, the skills, the sophistication and the perseverance needed to go on a relentless hunt for truth.
And they are often quite skilled at it – these mass marketers of mixed truth and alloyed falsehood.
Truth taken in expedient measures and falsehood leavened with sprinkles of reality.
They need to be, given what they are after – the hearts and minds of people, which somehow lie in the way of all that they seek in this world such as wealth, power and land and its resources.
For, that is what the falsehood merchants of this world most lust after. Mixing falsehood with truth is for them the means of attaining their ignoble ends in this world.
Above all, domination and control over the minds and bodies of people – Annaas, as the noble Qur’an refers to human beings in a gender-inclusive way: the masses, the citizens, the voters, the subjects and others everywhere who are the rightful owners of this world and its resources with a title to the same from God Almighty.
It is these people, Annaas – the masses of humanity everywhere – who, in the mind of the makers and marketers of falsehood, need to be defeated; it is they who need to be controlled; and it is their consent, where necessary, that needs to be secured – engineered or manufactured, as some have suggested.
No matter how – using, as it were, whatever means necessary.
It is these people – the broad masses of humanity (Annaas) or its relevant target segments in specific places and times – that need to be hoodwinked and fooled if access to wealth, power and land and its resources is to be secured by the greedy, selfish and unscrupulous elements in this world.
That is why those who are in the business of fooling people using mixed truths and manufactured facts are generally very good at what they do.
And they need to be, given the fact that they are out to fool a lot of people, for as long as they could, for as big a reward as they could secure.
Truth Is Light
In reality, truth is light and falsehood is darkness.
And truth is life-giving.
And falsehood is disaster – and death.
For both the mind and the body – and for the spirit – for individuals as well as for groups and organizations; for societies as well as for cultures and civilizations.
That is because truth is designed by God as a cure for many a human ill – individual, social, societal, cultural, civilizational.
As the Bible puts it, truth is designed to set human beings free.
Falsehood, on the other hand, was the instrument that the devil used to enslave the human race. He used it to get Adam and his mate thrown out of their home in paradise by coaxing and manipulating them into eating of the forbidden tree.
The devil thus caused them to lose their carefree life; their freedom; and their dignity and honor in paradise – in the boundless space of God’s care, love, mercy, compassion and grace.
The devil lied to Adam and Eve to accomplish his goal of depriving them of their home in paradise.
For that is what the devil does – lie.
Because that is what the devil is – a liar, a deceiver, a dissembler and a manufacturer and marketer of falsehood.
And that is what the devil wants – take away from people their homes, lands, properties, possessions, livelihood, dignity, liberty, security and their very well being and true happiness. Right here in this world as well as in the next world.
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