I’ve always had one big problem with the movie Serenity. They risked everything to get the government’s big, horrible secret out:
“Can’t stop the signal.”
Like that would solve everything. But it’s a crock. It doesn’t matter if you break open Big Secrets, because most folks won’t believe it, or say it’s all garbage dreamt up loonies, or by those on the fringes (either left or right, depending on which side *they’re* on).
I just watched Stranger Things 2, and in episode 5, one character hit it on the head:
“Them… The world at large. They won’t believe any of this. They don’t spend their lives trying to get a look at what’s behind the curtain. They like the curtain. It provides them stability, comfort, definition. This…this would open the curtain, and the curtain behind that curtain, okay? So the minute someone with an ounce of authority calls bullshit, everyone will nod their heads and say, ‘See? Ha! I knew it! It was bullshit.’ That is, even if you get their attention at all.”
I sort of mention this briefly in one of my books. In Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck, Slap doesn’t understand how the people on Eridani wouldn’t want to know the truth. His friend replies:
“Most people aren’t interested in truth.” Tristan paused and sipped his tisane, then added, “Unless it’s convenient or advantageous.”