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The Extreme Danger of Alternative Realities

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Rex Tillerson giving a commencement speech at Virginia Military Institute (Class of 2018):

As I reflect upon the state of American democracy I observe a growing crisis in ethics and integrity.

If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.

Tillerson said it’s the responsibility of all Americans to recognize “what truth is and is not,” and “what a fact is and is not.” Citizens must also demand the country’s future be “fact-based, not based on wishful thinking, not hoped-for outcomes made in shallow promises, but with a clear-eyed view of the facts as they are and guided by the truth that will set us free to seek solutions to our most daunting challenges,”

Ending on a dark note, he said that departing from the truth could mean “American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years.”