Bird’s Eye View is dedicated to the courageous people who speak out about challenging topics — the everyday folks who make the fateful decision to blow the whistle on something that threatens the status quo.
Of course, not every person who speaks out is telling the truth. None of us can know with certainty who is telling the truth until some future time that the information may be verified. Meanwhile, we can get closer to learning the truth by considering current testimony and research, and by using discernment (logically evaluating testimony, and so on).
This site is particularly focused on supporting people who share information about difficult issues: corruption, abuse, and other topics that are dark, complex or long-hidden. These people often pay a steep price to share their story. So why do they do it? If their integrity will be endlessly questioned and they’ll likely lose their privacy and so much more… then why do they speak out?
Sometimes it’s for justice. Sometimes it’s an effort to prevent future harm to others. And sometimes it’s simply because they think the information matters and deserves to be known widely.
About Mainstream Thinking
And yet, no matter their agenda, some truth-tellers struggle to be heard or believed. Why? One reason may be related to the general subject matter more than the individual or their particular information.
A truth-teller may be speaking about a topic that hasn’t achieved the momentum needed to break through the obstacles that keep it in the shadows.
These are subjects that don’t fit into mainstream coverage or thinking.
This begs the question: what exactly makes something mainstream? How do subjects become a part of mainstream thinking, mainstream science, mainstream medicine? Is mainstream thinking good or bad?
Throughout Bird’s Eye View content, you’ll see the following foundational assumption (and you can use it, too): In order to discuss something productively, we need to begin with a common vocabulary.
Check out this infographic where we take a closer look at the concept of “mainstream.”
See also: Evaluating the Mainstream Media (MSM).
The Right to Choose Who We Listen To
Please note that this site doesn’t discuss issues of legality such as what is deemed acceptable in a court of law. That’s a different subject. (However, in cases where legal considerations are central to the topic, such as with non-disclosure agreements, then such information is offered.)
Rather than issues of legality, the content here is centered around our right to speak freely to each other about what we know and about what we are learning. This is about having access and a right to choose who we listen to, whether that person is an ex-CIA counterintelligence officer or young women waitresses of the Presidents Club Diner in the UK, no matter which mainstream or alternative outlets have published their testimony.
Discernment, Possibility & The Scientific Method
Discernment is the spirit from which Bird’s Eye View was born. Consider the following idea and whether you tend to fall more heavily on one side or the other:
Discernment is a two-sided coin: On one side is reason and healthy skepticism, and on the other is curiosity and openness.
Taken together, both sides are, in effect, the scientific method.
The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions… Some areas of science can be more easily tested than others. For example, scientists studying how stars change as they age or how dinosaurs digested their food cannot fast-forward a star’s life by a million years or run medical exams on feeding dinosaurs to test their hypotheses. When direct experimentation is not possible, scientists modify the scientific method… But even when modified, the goal remains the same: to discover cause and effect relationships by asking questions, carefully gathering and examining the evidence, and seeing if all the available information can be combined into a logical answer.– Sciencebuddies.org
Don’t forget the curiosity aspect of science. Science only begins when we’re curious about something. Curiosity leads to the development of a hypothesis — a theory, a speculation, a proposed explanation — that we set out to test. We continue to revise the theory based on what we learn.
In other words, we accept “x” as a working hypothesis and postpone conclusions until the subject is further explored.
One of the most powerful ways we can combat the enemies of truth is to be curious — to entertain the possibility that difficult stories may be true — and then to test those speculations. Consider this idea for a moment. Even when NDAs are used for power abuse, even when compartmentalization keeps people ignorant of the whole truth, and when disinformation campaigns subvert the truth, we can circumvent those tactics by doing this:
Open to the idea that something you never imagined to be possible (or that seems you couldn’t bear if it were true) might, in fact, be true or partially true.
How exactly might we do that?
- Set aside what you think you know in order to learn what you may not know.
- Commit, for now, to entertaining the possibility of something you’re not familiar with, so that you can actually hear what is being said.
- The verification and final decisions about who and what you believe can come later. Remember, information in itself is not threatening. It may be genuinely uncomfortable to hold space for a possibility that calls your worldview into question (or that may turn out to be false). But holding that space does not cause harm and it can be the doorway to expanding perception.
- See also: Who Can You Trust: Developing Discernment and Evaluating Individual Testimony
No matter their agenda, some truth-tellers struggle to be heard or believed. Why? One reason may be related to the general subject matter more than the individual or their particular information. A truth-teller may be speaking about a topic that hasn’t achieved the momentum needed to break through the obstacles that keep it in the shadows.
Certain topics haven’t achieved mainstream (“conventional, dominant”) awareness, but nevertheless, we can choose to get educated about these subjects, and thus be empowered to make more informed decisions.
There are some powerful topics that remain in the shadows. Bird’s Eye View aspires to help bring them to light.
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