Today’s lecture is a bit off topic, but this wonderful quote by Denzel Washington deserves a suitable answer.
He asks the question that cuts through the white noise of Patriarchy and Foolishness.
What is the long term effect of too much information?
One of the effects is the need to be first, not even to be true anymore.
So what a responsibility you all (Media) have, to tell the truth, not just to be FIRST.
We live in a society now where it’s just first, who cares, get it out there, we don’t care who it hurts, we don’t care who we destroy, we don’t care if it’s true, just say it, sell it.
Anything you practice, you’ll get good at.
So you ask, what is my response?
As an Investigative Blogger and Story Alchemist, it is my DUTY to uphold the one rule that ranks above all - to tell the truth.
But in order to tell it, don’t you have to know what it is?
And that, my friend, is why we take Heroic Journeys.
That is why we spend thousands of hours looking, needling, fishing, pondering, and seeking.
There are many ways to achieve this goal, remember Uncle Joe’s quote - the Hero has a Thousand Faces.
Today, I’m going to show you three.
Face #1 - Visual Learning
Visual Learning is the first Face of the Heroic Journey.
It is our anchor, our calling, our True North.
It allows us to cut through the “fake news” and the “Global White Noise” and the “Patriarchal Bias” that has infected Humanity.
Before the Pandemic, we wasted so much of our lives in fruitless efforts, ranging from debating to arguing to fighting, up to and including war and preemptive strikes.
After the Pandemic, we will migrate to higher ground and use Visual Learning to not only see the truth, but to experience it holistically.
No longer are we satisfied with Opin-News or Fake News, we will “GO QUANTUM” and see EVERYTHING and move to Face #2 (Investigative Blogging).
Face #2 - Investigative Blogging
The words make me cringe.
Edward Bernays, Freud, Patriarchy, Aryan, Master Race, Advertising, Marketing, Pop Culture, Social Media, Television, Apps, and Social Engineering.
All of these words describe Opin-News and Fake News.
On a deeper level, they describe something that arrived with Patriarchy.
Another word that should hamper your spirit.
Worse than COVID, worse than cancer, even worse than Hospice Care.
It is the anti-thesis of the Heroic Journey because it maintains Ignorance and the Status Quo.
It shouts from the rooftops - keep wasting your life!
Its voice is deep and bellows, much like the HUGE MIAMI Bass you hear pouring from upholstered and antique vehicles from the 50s and 60s.
Now that some truth has unveiled that the Government, the Media, and Journalism has failed us, we are given a call to adventure.
As Content Creators, it is our duty to hear the call.
Lean in and listen.
Shhh, no words, just listen.
Lean in closer.
It is OUR JOB to tell the truth, regardless of the outcome.
Face #3 - The 6 W’s
Now that we have the Tool (Visual Learning) and the Focus (Investigative Blogging), we are ready to take the Heroic Journey.
The Heroic Journey begins with a call to adventure (highly specific in nature), but there are six questions that drive the Journey.
They are the normal six questions of Journalism:
These questions are very important, but there is one that hovers above the rest.
It is the question WHY.
Why is our Spiritual Center and, in a sense, the entire REASON for someone or something’s existence.
Why answers the question of PURPOSE and NATURE.
Let’s take a normal action, a guy opens a door for a beautiful Sister.
Now, let’s say this action is done by three guys.
On the surface, The ACTION is the same for all the questions, until we get to WHY.
The first guy opens the door cause he wants to be in her life.
The second guy opens the door cause he wants sex.
The third guy opens the door cause he was raised to perform this action.
Without knowing WHY, we will spend countless hours arguing and debating, not to find the truth, but to be RIGHT.
Today’s lecture points us in the right direction and begins the Heroic Journey to answer Denzel’s question - Are we telling the truth?
Armed with three faces (Visual Learning, Investigative Blogging, The 6 W’s), we partake the Heroic Journey with a soothing demeanor that allows us to slow down and smell the roses, ponder the petunias, and embrace the Eucalyptic aroma of Nature.