Mysteries of Life: Why does anyone believe The Big Lie?

Big lies are yammered over and over and over. I don’t believe them. I know the facts. Why would anyone else believe them?

Because…

Repeat something often enough, brazenly enough and aggressively enough to people dazed enough by the cacophony around them, and they will lose their bearings enough to believe anything… – Roger Cohen, New York Times columnist

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the consequences of the lie. – Joseph Goebbels

And…

The great masses of the people…will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.

All propaganda has to be popular and has to adapt its spiritual level to the perception of the least intelligent of those towards whom it intends to direct itself.

The last two quotes come from Adolph Hitler. Please note his contempt for “the people,” i.e., his followers, his believers. He pitched the Big Lie to people he called “least intelligent.”

If you are prone to believe the big lie, remember the person telling it thinks you’re stupid, and despises you for it.

Whether the liar is delusional enough to believe his own big lie is irrelevant.

Whether he convinces you to believe him, is.

—From a chapter of my forthcoming book, How I Learned The Facts of Life

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