Too much of journalism is filler. Colour, narrative, and patronizing untested truisms, such allowing linear divides to dictate a story.
Finding truths and reality means looking beyond lines people draw in the sand.
If you are standing on one end of the room, you do not know much about the people on the other side.
Meaning you are not an authority on them.
F.R.E.E.D. pulls away from those divides. It sees the mosaic, but pulls the pieces in to see the whole.
The whole may not equal the sum of its parts, but if you focus too much on the pieces, you miss the big picture.
F.R.E.E.D. is the method of looking at both the parts and the whole without becoming blinded by either.
To find the truth, one must see reality, but to see reality, one must understand our perceptions deceives us.
And often our perceptions are deceived because of a confirmation bias that happens because we refuse to walk over that line to confirm or refute our perceptions.
F.R.E.E.D. is not settling scores. It is about liberating truth from lies.
Finding truth finds other things, too: justice, solutions, relief, progress.
And when we decide to erase those lines that are used to hide truths, our understanding of the world radically changes, and we can move forward constructively as we see precisely what needs to be done for the whole and the sum of the parts...