Elected officials, governments, corporate leaders, candidates, national and international non-governmental agencies, can have goals and plans to reach these goals that are not made public. These plans are not necessarily ‘secret’. They may just be private, in the sense that we all have private things that only those we choose to share them with will know. These private things become ‘hidden agendas’ when the stated goal or cultivated image of an official, government, corporation, or agency is put forth within the public domain in order to cover-up or conceal other plans or aims that the public would either disapprove of or seek to prevent, if known.
To know that individuals, agencies, governments, and groups can have hidden agendas, can prompt us to become more discerning regarding truth and truthfulness.
Subterfuge and deception are practices that are deliberate. They include misrepresenting known facts, hiding documents from exposure, concealing intentions to break the law — either national or international, and most especially, using a public display of partial truth — that is, a plan which represents a portion of what is genuinely operating as motive — in order to cover up a more basic truth that would not be palatable.
To know that individuals, agencies, governments, and groups can have hidden agendas, can prompt us to become more discerning regarding truth and truthfulness. Disillusionment, which often leads to despair, anger, or withdrawal in the presence of dishonesty from those in positions of power or leadership, is not of value here. It is not constructive. What isof value is the growing ability of each of us to tell, moment to moment, speech to speech, situation to situation, who is speaking with greater truth and who with lesser.
Our capacity for discernment must grow by listening. But listening is not enough. We must also pray for clarity and light to enter our awareness so that we can hear clearly. It is not enough to hear with our own ears. We must hear with the ears of our soul and with the ears of the spiritual realms and God. Without the alignment of prayer to perceive truth, we become involved with opinion and are susceptible to the distortions that our personalities impose on our view of events. With alignment with light and God, we grow in our capacity to distinguish truth from falsehood and light from darkness. This has always been important, but it is especially important now that the stakes are so high for our safety in this country and for the safety of the world. We need to know, as best we can, what is operating behind the scenes in our movement into Afghanistan, into Iraq, with the Saudis, with Israel, and of course domestically, just to name a few critical areas. These are powerful involvements, and they require of us an equally strong intention to see clearly so that we can know more — not from the media, but from within ourselves, about what is going on.