The Coronavirus pandemic and now the protests and anti-police movement has encouraged many of us to ask questions. Why did this virus emerge, who is responsible, why is my business being shut down, what will happen next in terms of travel, restaurants, second wave, and so on.

There are literally billions of people asking hard questions and seeking answers right now. And while most people tend to accept the mainstream view that is reported on television, many people – especially those who are into alternative medicines or energetic practices like meditation – turn online for a different perspective.  Once online, we become inundated with a wide range of what the mainstream would call “conspiracy theories” but what truth seekers call “truth”.

If you are like me, you maintain a large degree of skepticism regarding what is portrayed on mainstream news outlets.  I won’t spend too much time expressing my thoughts surrounding the mainstream perspective, other than to say that, in general, I simply don’t believe any of it.

At the same time, I see a lot of “alternative” views online that can be equally dangerous.  So I think it is important to take a closer look at what is being portrayed by the so-called “truther community”, so that we don’t fall into a deep dark rabbit hole.

Here are a few things to consider as you are seeking answers to your questions on the Internet:

Blame. For starters, the truther community (for lack of a better word) often likes to blame others for our problems. Whether it is Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Trump, Hillary, the Bilderbergs, The Chinese, The Russians, the Illuminati, Aliens, or whoever, truthers often single out certain individuals or groups and put the blame on them. The word “they” is used to define anyone who might be responsible for the world’s problems. This can cause us to “hate” those who we think are responsible for whatever it is we don’t like about our life. But pointing fingers at others is not Truth. We are all part of a divine creation and everyone is filling an important role. Judgement and blame are not Truth. The opposite of Blame is Gratitude so therefore Gratitude is Truth.

Anger. Much of the Truth movement is angry. Angry at the government, angry at global corporations, angry at their neighbors, angry at the cops. While we all need to express anger at times to release tension and establish boundaries, dwelling in anger is not Truth. The opposite of Anger is Compassion so therefore Compassion is Truth.

Fear. Fear is often a big part of the truth movement. Whether it is fear about one world government, food shortages, vaccines, DNA manipulation, solar waves, meteors, mind control, nanotechnology, or whatever. These ideas create fear. Fear is not Truth. The opposite of Fear is Love and so therefore Love is Truth.

Fight. The truth movement often leads people into a battle ground. We must fight because it is good against evil. It’s right against wrong. It’s left against right. It’s light against dark. It’s us against them. The problem with this approach should be self-obvious, but opposition is such a big part of our social culture (in sports, movies, books, etc.) that we often default into an adversarial attitude.  But Fighting is not Truth. The opposite of Fighting is Cooperation, so therefore, Cooperation is Truth.

Separation. Truthers are often condescending. Calling mainstream believers “sheeple”, fools, or some other derogatory term implies that you are “better” or smarter than they. After all, you know the truth and they don’t. But this type of attitude is harmful, not helpful. It doesn’t lead to the better world you think you want. Insulting others is not Truth. The opposite of Separation is Unity so therefore Unity is Truth.

What is interesting about all of this, is everyone will have their own interpretation of what is real and what is not. Each person is having a different experience as it relates to this difficult period in human history. We have to honor other people’s choices.

So as you look for your own answers to the many questions in life, it is often useful to ask yourself how the answers you find make you feel and react. Does the information being provided make you feel angry, afraid, or judgmental? Do the answers foster peace, love and unity?

Using your feelings and emotions as a compass to guide you can hopefully help us all find compassion, understanding, and acceptance, which is really what we need to move humanity toward a brighter future.

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