Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
-Dr. Albert Einstein
" I once read that near the end of the war, a ship set sail for the United States with a group of German prisoners of war on board. These were no ordinary prisoners, but members of the high command of the Third Reich. They were being brought to the US for interrogation. Near the end of their voyage, they were given a fine meal, and they began sneering at the Americans for giving them this food. The Americans could not understand why their generosity was regarded with such contempt. The Germans then said that they knew the Americans did not have an abundance of food sufficient to give them such a meal, and that obviously the Americans must be patronizing them because the roles of captor and captive would soon be reversed. The Americans insisted they were wrong, but the Germans wouldn't hear of it. Finally, an American officer said, "All right, you can see for yourself, when we pull into New York harbor tomorrow".
"Never!" they cried. "You will never pull into New York harbor. We have seen pictures of your city in ruins, and you will never let us see this destruction". It turned out that in Berlin, they had been shown photographs of what were supposed to be the bombed ruins of New York City. The Germans openly laughed at the Americans, who insisted that the city had never been bombed.
As promised, the ship approached New York City the next day, and as it pulled into the harbor, the Germans looked at the city with wonder and disbelief. One of the Americans, satisfied that the Germans must finally recognize that they had been victims of misinformation, asked, "Well, what do you think of your Dr. Goebbels now?"
Puzzled by the question, the Germans looked at the American, and one of them asked, "We don't understand. What does Dr. Goebbels have to do with this?"
The American officer replied, in exasperation, "Then why are you all staring at the skyline with such disbelief and amazement?"
Another of the Germans answered, "American ingenuity, that they could rebuild this city so quickly".
The Germans were so well programmed that they couldn't see a truth as large as New York City. Were they stupid? Not at all. They were intelligent people, but they had been so completely programmed that their brains refused to recognize the truth, even though it should have been painfully obvious to them.
A question for you: How well-programmed are you about Medicine, about Chiropractic, about other health care issues? How many things do you think you “know,” things that may really just strongly held opinions that you were programmed to have?
Something to think about. "What everybody knows," what you "always knew," may have little to no validity. This is worth thinking about. Your life, or the life of a loved one, may depend upon it.
Don Harte, D.C.
Marin Straight Chiropractor
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