On the other hand, any activity the leader would have was announced. So the institutions would put forward the best rooms, most docile personnel dressed in Sunday clothes, they'd bring forward the best products (even if they were created especially for the occasion). Some say Ceausescu had no clue of what was really happening in the country because everyone kept on putting up a show for him.
But then again, anyone who lives a regular life doesn’t have the time to check any information. So pick your sources wisely, question everything and always keep in mind that for the truth you hold dear right now, there is someone, somewhere equally in love with their truth.
Never forget about the backfire effect and if this is your first encounter with this concept, here are some resources to on the matter:
- the neuroscience of changing your mind
- how motivated skepticism strengthens incorrect beliefs
- how to fight back against the backfire effect