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Response to "Right Wing George Floyd Conspiracy Theories"

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Reading Rob's oped, "Right Wing George Floyd Conspiracy Theories" got me ruminating.

It is a journalist's job to ask questions -- having an open mind to the possible answers is what allows creative minds to explore all the possibilities and finally figure out what is going on. Does that mean sometimes we are barking up the wrong tree? Sure, that's part of the process. Once you've barked at a tree for a while and nothing happens, well, it's time to check out the next tree.

In 1964 people would have said it was crazy to investigate JFKs murder as a conspiracy. They would have said, clearly it was one guy, there was proof. They would have said our own government wouldn't have had anything sinister to do with assassinating our own president.

And the very vast majority of people believed that.

And they were wrong.

But if the creative questioners had been stopped in their tracks at the beginning, none of that truth would have unraveled.

Another result of relentless questioning is that we seem to be closer to the truth of 9-11.

I believe in asking questions, especially when things seem odd, or too coincidental -- for instance, I am not sure, at this moment, whether Osama bin Laden or Jeffrey Epstein are really dead or alive -- I would absolutely not bet my life on either one. What I do know for sure about both of those stories is that there appeared to be multiple bizarre coincidences and multiple coverups. And when someone is doing some covering up, then there is usually something worth uncovering.

When George Floyd was murdered, it seemed very odd that Chauvin kept his hand in his pocket. That is not typical behavior for someone doing what he was doing. (I did not watch the video, but I have heard people mentioning this and wondering what to make of it) -- many people picked up on that as being very odd, most deduced that he was just being casual about murder. That might be correct, or not -- often questioning the little odd things that seem unimportant is what eventually leads to the answers, if we've learned anything from Sherlock Holmes. (OK, he's not a real person, but he's definitely an archetype, and archetypes are the symbols of greater truth.)

We must continue to ask questions without jumping to conclusions about what the answers to those questions have to be, because once we believe we have an answer, we stop looking for other answers. This is why Roger Von Oech (A Whack on the Side of the Head) talks about looking for the second right answer - and the third, and the fourth.

Our educational system squelches creativity and the quest for truth by teaching us to stop and move on once we have found the "right answer," but there is almost always more than one "right answer" on the path to the final truth, and the only way to get there is to support the people who are asking the questions and brainstorming an assortment of possibilities for what the answers might be.

Part of that key to success is not grabbing onto any one answer to a question - whether we think it is the right answer or the wrong answer. Moving through that brainstorming process is the only way to discover the holistic truth.

It is just as dangerous to fall into an endless conspiracy hole as it is to fall into the hole that prevents one from clearly looking at a variety of evidence.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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