Just Trust Me

I’ll admit I was surprised when I saw on Facebook that Quest Books was publishing a book called “Just Trust Me: Finding the Truth in a World of Spin” by attorney G. Randy Kasten. I mean, Quest Books is the imprint of The Theosophical Publishing House, the publishing arm of the Theosophical Society in America. What the heck were they doing publishing a book on spin? From an attorney? There was only one thing to do, read the book.

And what a fascinating book it is! Kasten examines in detail different types of lies, and there is a rainbow spectrum of lies out there. But “Just Trust Me” is about more than just politicians saying they didn’t have sex with that woman, or your friends telling you that your outfit doesn’t make you look fat. Kasten discusses bias, stereotyping, how the media works, advertising, and more! He doesn’t just stop there. He gives you the tools to look for deception, be it while listening to a news broadcast, or talking to a family member.

There is more than just pure information that makes “Just Trust Me” a good read. Thankfully Kasten writes in a straight forward, easy to understand manner. You don’t need a background in law to understand him. No legalese here. Also, the book isn’t frightening. “Just Trust Me” could easily have been panic inducing. 280 pages of lies, lies, lies….they’re EVERYWHERE. Instead things are discussed in a level headed manner. Although, your mind will probably be blown on more than one occasion as you realize, I do that, or I’ve experienced that. Humans are a strange animal indeed, and these are truly some of our strangest times.

After the satisfying experience of reading “Just Trust Me” I again found my mind wandering back to my initial question; why the heck is Quest publishing this book? As I said, they’re an imprint of The Theosophical Publishing House of The Theosophical Society. So you know what, I went to The Theosophical Society in America website where on their “About Us” page I read this, “In accordance with the Theosophical spirit, most Theosophists regard Truth as a prize to be striven for, not as a dogma to be imposed by authority. They hold that belief should be the result of individual understanding and intuition rather than mere acceptance of traditional ideas, and that it should rest on knowledge and experience, not on assertion. Truth should therefore be sought by study, reflection, meditation, service, purity of life, and devotion to high ideals.”

Truth. “Just Trust Me” goes after it on all levels. Kasten helps you not only recognize the lies that are being presented to you, but encourages you to find out what lies you may be telling yourself. And just like that, it all made sense.