“La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas.”
(“The devil’s finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist.”)”
― Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen 1857
I have been wondering this morning, in the very quietest part of my mind, if what Americans call “The free press” is just a trick as well. We have a media that grinds us daily into granulated hate. Yet if we scream at it, “you are evil,” it accuses us of assault and cowers like a damsel, to persuade us to forgive it.