true 1. in accordance with fact or reality. 2. genuine; not spurious or counterfeit.
– Oxford English Dictionary
The very short version of this two-part article is simply to know how to ask and how to get a good answer to the direct and searching question: Is it true? That’s it and good luck.
The longer version
However, for those who want a little more we can continue with the longer version where we will unpack this simple but very powerful question and learn more about how to use it and how to be sure to get a good answer. This is the first and most basic question of science: Is it true?
Fasten your seat belts! It’s a bit of a rocky ride.
My primary motivation for this article is for the particular welfare of the vulnerable young brain which is exposed, for hours and hours every day, to the bare, intimate and unchaperoned screen of a personal smartphone.
Other current gadgets, too, like laptops and gametops and the accelerating and careening future into … OMG … the internet of things!
Frightened of stranger danger at the end of their street youngsters are lovingly driven to school in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.
Yet, these young brains, naked and unprotected with their latest smartphone never far from their grasp, are then set free to blindly venture forth into a world of hackers and trolls, tricksters and cybercriminals, and bullies and the bogeyman!
Children are absurdly inexperienced, insecure and ill-equipped in their approach to the crackling chaos of the internet–the 24/7/365 whirling, howling, cacophonous wilderness of the greedy grasping global marketplace with its siren songs, ferocious fads, toxic wastes and vicious moods, its callous explosions, its viral plagues and epidemics and cruel and sudden extinctions.
These hidden minefields of traps and predators are putting capricious end to the promising future, safe conduct and healthy development of their most precious possession. Their brain.
While kids probably already have good anti-viral protection for their laptops and smartphones my concern here is that they also should have equal protection for their greatest gadget of all. Their own personal necktop computer.
These days you need not just protection for your gadgets but you also need personal protection against infection from malware in your necktop computer. Protection from fake news and fake truths.
Develop the protective habit of asking (and getting a good answer to) the question: IS IT TRUE?
It’s like a condom for your brain.