Why pretend?

Or, is social media encouraging us to be untruthful?

A year or two back, this beautiful sentiment (https://wearelightbeings.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/a-letter-from-albert-einstein-to-his-daughter-about-the-universal-force-which-is-love/) went viral on social media. In a letter purporting to be written by Albert Einstein to his daughter, the author explains how LOVE, a universal force, is the one and only answer we need in life.

It turns out that this letter was NOT written by Einstein, and the actual author remains undiscovered (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katharine-rose/the-truth-behind-einsteins-letter-on-the-universal-force-of-love_b_7949032.html).

Which of course raises quite a few questions…

Why pretend it was written by Einstein?
Why is it necessary to add the weight of fame behind an idea for it to be accepted?
What else on social media that appears valid, is in fact not true?

For me, the last is the scariest. Pretending to have the backing or support of someone famous, or an expert in the field, is nothing new. Unfortunately, us humans tend to value something more if it is associated with a “name”. But social media is fairly new, and expanding and evolving fast. Anyone with access to the internet can post just about anything they like. And it is not always easy to judge what is TRUTH and what is not.

How often do you read something on Facebook, or a news site, or any of online platforms we consult daily, and not stop to think about whether or not you should believe it?
What can each of us do, as an individual, to make social media more trustworthy, and have less potential for damage?


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