The Difference Between True and False

There appears to be a problem [in the United States] recognizing the difference between True and False. As an American, I understand the dissatisfaction many people have with American government; I am also very dissatisfied. However, I do not want my dissatisfaction to taint my perception of reality. For this reason, I wish to share some simple tips to help people test what is true, and what is false.

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I learned some simple wisdom in my youth: “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 15:16 NKJV). My father’s version of this was, “Actions speak louder than words.” An excellent example, in recent history, is Donald Trump’s statement that he would release his income tax returns if he was elected President. President Trump’s action in this matter speaks louder than his words to many people; many recognize that he simply lied on this point.

I also learned in my youth that a person’s mouth will reveal their heart (Luke 6:45 NKJV). I am amazed that Trump’s remarks about grabbing women by their genitals was so easily ignored by voters simply because they are so dissatisfied with their government. I do understand the desperate need for change in government, as expressed by voters in this election result. I am actually more surprised that politicians apparently do not recognize the lack of consent expressed by voters.

I am as desperate for a change in American government as any other voter, but I do not see how “jumping from the frying pan to the fire” produces the change we need. I am surprised by the curse voters have cast upon the GOP… and the Democrats, though. However, my perception may be clouded by my hope in the wisdom of democracy; the Athenian city state did eventually fail.

Those who did not vote because they did not see any real choice in the 2016 election have no cause to pat themselves on their backs. They wasted their votes and helped a White Supremacist gain the Presidency. Tell me that they didn’t think Trump could possibly win, and I will show you historical ignorance.

You may have guessed that I was a Christian once. Through Christ I learned that this world is in dire need of grace. Through Christians I learned that judgement is a poor substitute for discernment. Their rituals are empty and their spirits are dimmed by fear. It did not appear prudent to be counted among those who take the name of Christ in vain… at a young age. I am more certain of this now, several decades later. America certainly lacks grace now.

It appears that everyone needs to learn how to tell the truth.

 

Touch the Earth

The Earth is an omnipresent touchstone of reality for our people. We spend much time examining “data” and entertaining “opinions,” but little time touching reality. Touch the Earth to know what is real. 

Speak to the Earth. When you speak to anything, you give tribute. You pay attention, and that is the first requirement of learning. You must pay attention for more than a moment, though. 

Listen and watch. Give your attention to simple realities. Hear the wind, the breath of the Earth, rustle through the leaves of a tree. Watch as it brings the clouds of refreshing rain. Behold the brightness of the lightning bolt, the crack of its strike and lingering growl. Feel the warmth of the Sun and the solid foundation beneath your feet. Learn the nature of the Earth and you will understand how to walk upon it. 

The many voices of our kind easily distracts and overwhelms our attention. The power and glamour of technology augments the assault on our senses. There are many stories told to entertain and mesmerize, but the intention of most are to sell a product, service or idea. This can be dangerous when we struggle to differentiate between fiction and non-fiction. A touchstone is invaluable. 

People hold many opinions, so it is difficult to get people to agree on anything. When all but three nations agree that this world faces a serious climate problem, that consensus is tantamount to a miracle. How can this extraordinary historical event be explained? 

Touch the Earth. Feel your feet firmly planted in its reality. Speak to the Earth, then listen and watch. What is the most sensible explanation for such unprecedented human agreement? 

Common Sense 2.0

oldgloryShould the health-care industry be known as the medical industry? Would we become more aware that this industry is a business first and foremost? Martin Shkreli is the poster child of this business, and EpiPens are a smoking gun. The goal of any business is to be profitable, and illness is obviously profitable.

The Hippocratic Oath is taken by physicians. Physicians are a relatively small part of this industry. Nevertheless, which version of this oath have physicians taken, and how do they interpret their oaths? How many medical records reveal a professional climbing a corporate ladder? They are only human, after all!

The American health-care system needs an overhaul, but American leaders are only talking about how to pay the bill presented to the American people by this unethical industry. This is because the campaign costs of American leaders are paid by contributions from big business, and because American leaders lack wisdom.

Government cannot be operated like a business. Profit is the only driving force behind business, but the American government has many more purposes driving it (see US Constitution, Preamble), and profit is not one of them. Thoughts that operating the American government would be easier than running a corporate business is evidence of ignorance… and nothing less.

There is a recorded consensus in our world that we face an environmental crises. The top American leader does not believe scientific evidence, though. However, I am tired of hearing about the top American leader. American government was designed with a separation of powers; a system of checks and balances. Is it not time we turn our attention toward Congress in search of reason?

The top American leader is a demonstrated, ignorant businessman lacking ethics. He told voters he would release his tax returns if elected; he lied. He has failed to fill numerous government positions. American allies are not sure America can be trusted to honor it’s agreements, and American citizens are uncertain if their government will honor agreements with “We, the People.” Additionally, his staff is being investigated for collusion with a foreign power with potential election tampering. Don’t you agree that the 2.8 million more votes his opponent received should be investigated? Nevertheless, the top American leader is clearly beyond reason.

While investigations press on, Republicans want to implement health insurance that targets those most likely to use it for higher premiums when retired. Does this “promote the general Welfare” (Preamble) of the People? Will we ever be able to afford retirement, or will we be enslaved by industry? Will Congress provide balance while a fool occupies the White House?

The legitimacy of the United States is based on the principle that government’s are instituted among people to meet the purposes outlined in the Declaration of Independence; purposes further defined by the US Constitution. It is the right and duty of the People of the United States of America to assess how well their government is meeting the goals for which it was established, and determine if that government deserves Their consent. Some debate if America faces a Constitutional crises, while we are deeply mired in just such a crises: Do American elections need to be monitored by an outside party? Do American leaders represent the People, the wealthy “one percent” who profit most from their legislation and fund their election campaigns, or foreign powers?

Americans cannot realistically overhaul health-care without first giving Their government a thorough examination. Let us turn our attention to Congress now. I, for one, have grown weary of Trump and suspicious of Congress… with more than ample cause.