I recently heard the word woke. Not knowing what it was I investigated and discovered it is basically a made up corruption of awake, aware. It’s used today in the discussion of social justice especially as related to racism.
One part of the definition below caught my eye. “being aware of the truth behind things”
Black Americans in their ongoing fight against racism and social injustice have used the term “woke” at key moments of history. In literal terms, being woke refers to being awake and not asleep. One Urban Dictionary contributor defines woke as “being aware of the truth behind things ‘the man’ doesn’t want you to know”. Meanwhile, a concurrent definition signals a shift in meaning to “the act of being very pretentious about how much you care about a social issue”. The Oxford dictionary expanded its definition of the word “woke” in 2017 to add it as an adjective meaning “alert to injustice in society, especially racism”.https://theconversation.com/where-woke-came-from-and-why-marketers-should-think-twice-before-jumping-on-the-social-activism-bandwagon-122713
If there is one thing all too many Americans ignore or don’t bother to determine it is the truth.
It’s easier to be influenced by a Facebook meme, a simple Tweet, any number of fallacy arguments from a politician and their followers or the movement group dujour.
In an age when researching for the facts is so easy, it is amazing there are so many low information individuals who are easily manipulated, unable to view the big picture, do simple math or consider consequences.
We need only to look at history to better understand how easy it has been to manipulate populations. But of course, ignoring history or manipulating it is part of the strategy.