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.

 

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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? 

Ancient Echoes

Listen to the echoes of the old ones.

Hear the chanting… the singing.

Hear the drumming,

They still dance.

Nothing is different,

Nothing has really changed.

We have really fancy toys now,

But life’s essentials remain the same.

Hear the echoes in the quiet places;

Hear the echoes in the music of today.

Real life is not science fiction.

Touch reality once again.

Listen and remember…