After a few weeks being distracted by other priorities, I ran across this article in the Intercept describing the work of I.F. Stone. Here’s a telling video to set the context of this post about the corruption of human decision-making and how it relates to the availability of truth to the individual.
This notion that the powerful will always [eventually] lie is a very powerful thing to realize about human behavior in general. It doesn’t just happen at the very largest scale of governments or mega-corporations. It happens between any factions of people – even between individuals. It is an innate part of human behavior. The ability to deceive is at the very core of what it means to be human. But just because you (and every other) person has the ability to deceive doesn’t mean everyone always deceives. What drives that decision is the perception of the odds of a positive outcome for the person contemplating applying the deception and the morality of that person. Large organizations get excessively corrupt when the people in control have very weak morals. At that point, they’ll employ deception at every turn if there’s a small payback – just look at large business and politics.