I mentioned last week how I knew Mike Daisy was a liar from the get-go (sorry for the spoiler). I’ve also been involved directly in manufacturing experiences in China through my internships. I knew more about the situation, and so it didn’t strike me as severely or stir up as much emotion as it might have in some other people. Being relatively introverted, I tend to reflect and rationalize quite a bit before jumping to conclusions.
Still, I remember hearing the podcast for the first time with the retraction right after and feeling disturbed. I have spent many years wading through the seas of false information, lies (both well-intended and malicious), cynicism, skepticism, and pretty much any other force you can fathom that tries to block you from the truth. This was just another example of seemingly being unable to trust in anything. I think this is another part of the unease we discussed in our first class; it is easy to think that where once the world was full of absolutes, it is now nothing but endless grey. The most prominent scholars of our day seem to focus most of their research on disproving old truths instead of discovering new ones. Institutions that once taught the truth and who ruled the world are now viewed as flawed and deceitful. It makes you wonder what you can trust in.
I, personally, have found solace (or at least some kind of empathetic comfort) in finding that this has been the case for a long time. All you have to do is pick up a work of literature, sometimes even forgotten poems or memoirs, to see that this is common. Let the faith of past scholars, leaders, even commoners inspire you to believe in certain truths. I think the key is to be able to deflect the naysayers, to reason within yourself that some things are, indeed, certain. Countless people will try to dissuade you and prove you wrong, but if you can justify it properly, then you are the better person. To me, it is better to believe than it is to doubt, so long as that belief is grounded in solid argument. You will hear that there is no truth, but I can tell you one truth that is absolutely certain; that truth does indeed exist, but it can only be found by those who truly seek it.