Here is a little story from the novel, The Palace of Illusions, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
Once a boy came running in from play and asked, Mother, what is milk? My friends say it is creamy and white and has the sweetest taste... Please, mother, I want milk to drink.
The mother, who was too poor to buy milk, mixed some flour in water, added jaggery, and gave it to the boy.
The boy drank it and danced in joy, saying, Now I, too, know what milk tastes like!
And the mother, who through all the years of her hardship had never shed a tear, wept at his trust and her deception.
I am amazed by both the jejune credulousness seen in the country today and also the amount of deception being perpetrated because of that credulousness. There is a lot of false propaganda going on among bloggers, social network users, the mass media, and even in the Parliament. A lot of falsehood is dished out as gospel truths. Many of our eminent parliamentarians are actors by profession and they continue that profession even in the parliament. Acting is in the blood of all politicians, it seems. Deception seems to have become part and parcel of life.
Why are people so eager to lap up falsifications? Political scientist, Dr Lawrence Britt, wrote a famous article listing the 14 defining characteristics of fascism. If you read it, you will understand why this deception of the self and others is going on in our country.