Supply and Demand – What about the Truth?

Sensationalised journalism, news reporting and the like offer us a reflection of what we as a society are demanding. Supply and demand affects everything in this world – if there is no demand then there will be no supply. It literally applies to everything.

When we consider the mass volume of reported and consumed news through the medium of newspapers, that which is watched on television and through social media daily, it feels imperative to ask a couple of questions:

  • What is it that we are actually consuming?
  • What are we over and over again, continuing to ask for?

From what I see, our world today is set up to entertain, to distract and to position life, people and events in either the right or wrong basket. It is not about truth. We, as a global society, no longer seek the truth of matters and do not foundationally base our perception of life from the point of truth and untruth. Even though we all know truth deep down, each and every one of us has in some way contributed to this fact, whether we can consciously admit to it or not. We all have a role, a responsibility to take in how our world is as a whole, collectively.

If we each chose to bring truth to every facet of our lives – our relationships, our interactions, the things we create and the way we are – then that which is untrue would have no place to exist. However, if we are complacent, stand back, do not get involved, have an “It’s nothing to do with me” attitude, or do not want to take responsibility, are reserved, are happy to act on only a functional level in life and in relationships, then we allow a way of being in society that is rotten to the core and allow it to have an open road to continue and extend itself.

It is fair to say that our level of decency, respect and care in life with ourselves and others has taken quite a plummet over the last century or so. Evidently, this is reflected in our media platforms, our journalistic manner and the cyber-abuse that has absolutely no consequences or rules to uphold that which we have already established and agreed upon in our physical interactive world.

The fact is, we are actually choosing and even enjoy sensationalised, tantalising media and news reporting instead of calling for that which simply gets to the facts and truth of the rot in life and exposes it for what it is. The news and social media platforms allow us to know about issues from an emotional, elated view, whether they are the truth or not. It is the elation, the emotional aspect and the sensationalism that we have become familiar with and accepted.

News makes us think we are informed, thus we feel included in life with this misinformation. We can even talk about it as part of the distraction and circulate the story to just regurgitate it. However, in-truth our news does not require us to stand up, or call us to account in life – to make changes that eliminate the rot and call people to take true responsibility, especially energetic responsibility, in all aspects of their lives.

The way our media is today allows us to remain distracted from living life in-truth, side-tracked from taking responsibility for our own quality and ‘how we bring, and the what we bring’ to life. I mean, why do we need to bother with the importance of the above statement when we have much worse things to focus on, talk about and distract ourselves from how we are in the world? When in actual fact it is our quality – what we establish as our foundation in our life, in our relationships, the decency and respect we live with – that then filters out to lay the format for how the rest of life plays out, not the other way round.

We must ask as a society, as a growing world population… why is this so? It may be something we complain about, similar to that of the obesity crisis affecting such countries as America, Australia and England to name a few. However, we still buy pizza, soft drink, feed packaged food to our kids. The issues we all complain about and do not like to see and feel, especially when they come knocking on our own door, are the very ones we have been investing in. It’s a simple case of supply and demand. And one that we are constantly choosing until we decide otherwise.

Are we willing to look at …

  • How much do we do about bullying and cyber abuse if we are not directly bullied?
  • How much do we care about the climbing rates of illness and disease both physical and mental, what causes it and those affected by it, unless we or those close to us are affected?
  • How much do we do and work towards eliminating the inequality in the world? There is a vast difference between those who have nothing to those who have too much to list.
  • How much do we care about someone’s character being defamed or the lies created to do so and the impact that has in all areas of their life?
  • How much do we care about the rate of suicide and self-harming behaviour, self-abusive behaviour and why people get to that desperate state of seeing no other way?
  • How much do we care about neglect, physical, mental abuse and domestic violence unless it is in our face knocking on our door: often people will walk past such incidences, pretending they haven’t happened.
  • How much do we care about the atrocities such as human slavery, human trafficking, child labour, and torture in some places – and the fact these behaviours are condoned in parts of the world?
  • How much do we care about the way the courts, the family court and the way law and justice is served in our world unless we feel unjustly done by?
  • How often are we happy to sit back and listen to or view the latest dilemma in a celebrity’s life when there are people in the world who do not have running water or plumbing?
  • Do we think twice about the homeless person sitting on the street and how they got there, or even the young children who may seem to be unaccompanied on a train or bus port?
  • How much do we care about the impact we are having on our natural environment and the adjustments it needs to make, from the way we choose to live in it?
  • How much do we question, care about or want to take a stand against the actual rot that takes place in the world, the what we know is not true, decent, equal or of true good – from something right in front of us to the issues going on in another country?

How much goes by around us that we simply do not want to take part in or get involved in, enquire about or voice our position about to another to start the conversation? These examples are but a few of many more that currently exist in our world today. However, the common thread among them all is that they exist and will continue to exist as long as the majority of the population sit back, relax, and allow them to keep existing by not saying a word or showing any different way of being.

How far will we fall as a whole before we are forced to do something that makes true change? Will it be to the point that everyone experiences these atrocities on some level forcing us to stand up and stand firm against them together, or will we wake up and understand there is another way of speaking up, living truth and love in the smallest areas of our life; that this actually affects the whole and sets a standard?

Time will tell and as always, will reflect all of our choices.

By Johanna Smith, BA Education, Diploma of Counselling, Esoteric Practitioner
Perth, Western Australia

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673 thoughts on “Supply and Demand – What about the Truth?

  1. It occurs to me that our own experience of life begins with supply and demand also. When we choose to align to a quality of energy we are asking for all that comes with it, this determines our experience of life.

  2. It feels like we have already fallen rock bottom from where we could be living lovingly when we look at the state of the world. We can start by looking at how consistently we live and how loving our relationships are. These small changes will grow into something bigger as we reflect a different way.

  3. Food scientists call the perfect combination of sugar, salt and fat the bliss factor that fools the mind to not stop eating. Is there a bliss factor in sensationalised journalism that makes us want more and more?

    1. Enter social media and this has become even more obvious. Do we use sensationalised media, soapies etc, to numb ourselves to what is going on in our own lives – and thus stopping ourselves from doing anything about it? And how much time do they waste?!

      1. Daily I observe on my commute, to work in London every day that people around me are plugged into something; music, video or reading. The others are catching up on their sleep. Two Million people use the tube daily, how many hours does that waste?

  4. ‘We all have a role, a responsibility to take in how our world is as a whole, collectively.’ this is fundamental to a return to a true way of living which is based on our understanding of how we are inextricably connected.

  5. We can indeed consume news as if it is our fodder to circulate and pass on to give us a sense of inclusion and belonging. However we miss the opportunity to feel how we are part of the whole and understand the energetic games at play.

  6. When we as a humanity demand truth, there will be an opening for the abundance of truth that is already there to come forth.

  7. Discerning lies from truth becomes more difficult when we live or chose the lies on a day to day basis or live amongst them AND accept them as normal. But if we live by the truth, then it is easy to see a lie for it stands out like a sore thumb, and then it is easy for us to say no to this or simply not accept this as normal and hence not take it on board in our own life as a way to live. So the game becomes one of standing by the truth and feeling which things around us are the lies and which ones are truths to abide by.

  8. News is meant to inform us of the truth – but our current media is not serving this role. Instead they have catered for the gradual and increasing demand which is the delivery of sensationalism and untruths. This is a bastardisation of what media is truly about.

  9. “The fact is, we are actually choosing and even enjoy sensationalised, tantalising media and news reporting instead of calling for that which simply gets to the facts and truth of the rot in life and exposes it for what it is. The news and social media platforms allow us to know about issues from an emotional, elated view, whether they are the truth or not. It is the elation, the emotional aspect and the sensationalism that we have become familiar with and accepted.” – the demand is sensationalism and not for Truth and facts.

  10. Yes, asking myself how much do I care is a very practical way to start to see my place in the world’s matters, and then go a step further and ask how deep do I care and how can this care then be lived and expressed.

    1. Great point Steve, the media are also like clever sales people who know what to say to sell their product, but even then it is about the buyer being discerning – for with anything in life we are still ultimately responsible for what we have said yes to.

  11. We are so deep in the lies which have become a way of life that we don’t recognise the truth when it is right in front of our faces and more so we reject it due to all it exposes in us.

  12. What is so ludicrous about the right and wrong basket is that things keep changing and the goalposts keep moving and yesterday’s hero is tomorrow’s villian. Such is the game being played by many. Love and truth however are constants to come back to and surpass any right and wrong judgements that we might be tempted to make.

  13. We feed the demand by simply saying to ourselves “well that doesn’t matter because it doesn’t affect me”. Essentially even if we say we don’t like something, but we continue to use that something then we are agreeing in full what what it is we say we don’t like. Talk is definitely cheap.

  14. Too often we wonder through life without living and planting the seeds of the qualities we so cherish. And far too few take up our part in taking care of nurturing and deepening these qualities in ourself and others. Then we get upset because of the dearth of such qualities in our life. But sooner or later we need to face up to the fact that you reap what you sow.

  15. ‘If we each chose to bring truth to every facet of our lives…’ this is absolute, meaning not only do we need to look at those things where this is not the case, but also the ones where it has been but they have not continued to deepen as truth deepens and expands as we do.

  16. It takes specific conditions for certain types of bacteria to grow, if we understand that and change those conditions it is not able to do so. There is much we can learn from nature…

  17. When we read or hear something in the news we have a choice to question it or simply just accept what is being presented. I have observed this in myself and there is a definite moment in myself to either accept it as it is or to question, and too many times I just accept as is.

  18. The understanding of our demanding behaviours that generate the supply of what we are seeking – I think if we would see the full impact of what we want, we would be deeply upset to see that it all comes from one source and that is aimed at keeping us shut down and shut off from who we really are.

    1. We would also see the true effect that all of our behaviours or demands have on others and that we have chosen this.

  19. At the end of the year, we may often reflect on how we have lived our lives and how our choices have worked or not, but there comes a point when we realise there are cycles that have repeated and whether we want to change the choices or not. When we stop demanding something, then the supply will change.

  20. It can be so easy to switch off from your list of questions, feeling there’s nothing I can do…. Alternatively go into overwhelm and or try to ‘do’ lots to alleviate the suffering there. Coming back to myself and finding the balance within and the quality I bring to every situation has answered my dilemma somewhat. Expressing when something is wrong and not contributing to the demand – two things I can do to reduce the supply of evil.

    1. And as Steve said in his comment the way to ‘reduce the supply of evil’ is to live truth. I add – be honest and committed to unearthing what we have in our lives that has us avoiding truth.

  21. “How far will we fall as a whole before we are forced to do something that makes true change?” Such a pertinent question Johanna. How long will it take for us all to wake up to what is truly going on in the world. There are signs now it is slowly happening for some….

  22. This certainly offers us a stark point of reflection when we find ourselves complaining about anything in society in that we are shown our own responsibility in having created it and continuing to fuel it until we choose a new way.

  23. It is good to have all these questions written down here and ask myself how much do I care and if not why and if yes what is there for me to deepen to not be part of these careless actions.

  24. There is so much that is not okay in our world and we tend to be so good at blaming and pointing the finger. But if we truly consider the concept of supply and demand, we would realise that the power for change lies much closer to home than we imagined.

  25. Something that has been repeated quite a lot in this blog is “how much do we care?” An important question for us to ponder on deeply. For we need to ask that question of ourselves before we even consider how much we care for others. It is very natural for us to care, but what is the quality of that care?

    1. This is a very important point to consider as we have made care a very functional activity instead of allowing ourselves to care with every fibre of our body.

      1. Yes, so many ‘carers’ out there – but what is the quality? And even more importantly what quality do we – and they – care for themselves?

    2. So true Jennifer … we can say we care and use caring words, but we all feel it when the quality and actions don’t match the words.

  26. We are consuming all sorts of material, entertainment, news, food, conversations and yet we often do not stop to consider the quality and truth of these. All the while the body must deal with our energetic choices of what we engage with that is not true.

  27. I used to be really unwilling to look at any of those questions Johanna, I thought they were nothing to do with me: such ‘head in the sand’ behaviour. But nothing ever changes with that, we all need to ponder on them because they actually affect all of us.

  28. ‘We, as a global society, no longer seek the truth of matters and do not foundationally base our perception of life from the point of truth and untruth.’ this is huge and to be understood reveals the depth of the lies that we have been living and are prepared to not see past in order to remain in the comfort of existence.

  29. Whilst we allow and accept the unprecedented lies of this world, we are not open to hearing or seeing truth, even if its right in front of us and glaringly obvious to another.

  30. Supply and demand is relatable to every aspect of human life. I see the stress of Christmas for many and I feel it myself, though not in an obvious way because I don’t have to cook a meal for people or get loads of presents etc. But I still feel the pressure to make the day special. Why is this? Is the demand placed on Christmas day to deliver the closeness we didn’t work on in our relationships during the whole year ? Do we put an inordinate pressure on ourselves to make the day perfect to avoid the lack of connection we have with ourselves and others on a daily basis, and we try to make up for it on this one day? Instead of getting caught up in all of this I have the luxury of a day, like any other, to feel where I’m at with myself and where I can be more loving with others.

  31. “What is it that we are actually consuming?
    What are we over and over again, continuing to ask for?”
    These are profound questions for us to ask and how do we answer? What do we want from our demands? To avoid feeling what we are feeling anyway, to not take responsibility for how we are living – both fit the bill.

  32. There is something in the way that we consume the media we consume. Most are aware that there are questionable media outlets, but most would have a very trusted source. But do we really ask what is it that is being circulated and what is it that we need out of what is being circulated. Are we really being informed by the media or is it simply entertaining us to a level where it puts a veil over what is the real news? The bottom line here is that we are choosing the veil, we are choosing the entertainment, which means we are choosing to not know the true story. I still consume media in different ways and I want to get to the bottom of what it is that I need from it and how this feeds the current cycle of media.

  33. It is so simple to see from this that if we live anything but truth it is the last thing we would ask for from the media however this is not to say that the those working in the media do have a responsibility for what they too are choosing. Collectively we must come to a point of realising that we are all in this together to ask different questions, seeking true answers.

  34. The media has a lot to answer to but so do we as individuals and the first step to changing this destructive trend is to have the integrity ourselves and take responsibility for our actions.

  35. I was reflecting on this the other day when retail stores say ‘now back by popular demand’ etc. Why do we demand products yet not demand truth?

  36. We underestimate the influence of the news on our perception of life but more so our influence on shaping it that way.

  37. I was having a conversation with some of my Turkish students the other day and they were telling me how the media makes out that everyone is uneducated, backward, living as villagers and marrying at 14. It had me pondering on how much of our perception of a country is based on what the media puts out and the power of their agenda.

    1. Yes, we are sold a story by the media that plays into ways of viewing a people and then ways of behaving towards them. We are so manipulated because we don’t stop to question.

  38. Who wants the truth? Mostly – none of us. What is preferred is the comfort of lies as lies don’t challenge the fabric of our society. Hence we have a whole world that lies to us and we swallow it all.

  39. What has happened to truth in this world? Its a great question to ask as it seems we as a humanity are doing our utmost to avoid truth – at great cost to us all.

  40. These probing questions we don’t want to look at show us how superficially we are living while so much ill is happening in the world that we are choosing not to see. As I get older, I can feel the generational changes of the two generations that follow me, and the depth of the generation before me, it is up to all of us to express and take responsibility for what is happening all around us.

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