Category Archives: Seeking real truth

In an age of instant reporting and an overload of information, it can get confusing to know what really is the truth and what has been spun to fit someone’s needs. We have the responsibility to dig until we know what the truth is, and then share it with all who will listen.

Policing political correctness

I don’t like Donald Trump.

That being said, let’s just skip past the ranting monologue enumerating his many evils and, instead, focus on the eye-opening phenomenon of people loving that he “says what he thinks.”

Of even more concern to me is that many support him because he says what they think, but are too afraid to say themselves.

Because it’s politically incorrect.

I really wonder if we aren’t missing the bigger problem here.

Rather than being so focused on what someone may or may not say that will presumably cause offense, the more important question is:

Why do they want to say it in the first place? Why do they think these thoughts about others?

And just as significant,

Why is everyone so quick to be offended by something a stranger may say or do?

sirenYou can probably already hear the sirens getting louder. The thought police are on their way to not only tell us what we can’t say, but also what we can’t think.

Knowing that political correctness and thought police would fit right in with the adversary’s plan and not the one we chose to support, we’d be right to bristle at the mere thought.

But that doesn’t mean that our thoughts shouldn’t be policed.

We just need to police our own, and not those of others.

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Our anger is unleashing monsters of which we should all be afraid

You know, it would be funny if it weren’t so critically serious.

There have always been people throughout history on the fringes with extreme and radical views. While their beginning intent may be honorable, they somehow lose sight of the actual goal. The allow themselves to get mired down in the anger of the argument and create stalemate instead of headway.

Fortunately, there were usually those who kept their eyes on the big picture. They realized that governing requires building relationships, being open minded, and learning how to pack the most from each position into a solution.

There are still those with their eyes wide open, working hard to maintain a land of liberty and justice for all.

monsterHowever, they are becoming harder and harder to hear as the screams, invectives, and literal inciting of mobs drown out all other sound.

The very people who are so angry at the government gridlock are also those who elect leaders with the directive: DO NOT COMPROMISE.

When a member of a political party does cross the aisle and work in a bipartisan manner, they are branded as “the absolute worst for completely betraying” the standard of no negotiating. Their death knell tolls and no one is willing to be seen associating with this traitor.

All the good that this elected official could do is snuffed out by a slammed and bolted door.

Like I said, it would be funny if it weren’t so true.

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Have we asked what comes AFTER the anger?

There is a lot of anger out there.

Global, national, political, social, economic, sectarian.

Through years of hiding our heads in the sand and putting off for tomorrow that which we should sacrifice today, we’ve made a mess of a lot of things.

And, to coin a phrase, everyone’s mad as hell.

Understandable.

gunshotIt feels like we have at last arrived at that final straw that will break the camel’s back.

And the resultant wounded roar is much like the shot heard around the world.

So, now that the igniting shot has been fired, what comes next?

To me, it looks like we have two choices: scream more oxygen into the flames and let the inferno burn everyone it touches; or, build a forge.

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I SEE you

In the spring of 1989 I climbed in my car and made the trip alone to Grace, Idaho. I had made an appointment to meet with Ann’s parents to discuss my intention to marry their daughter.

Much to my chagrin, they asked me to dinner. I would have preferred a quick in-and-out kind of thing.

It seemed like all through dinner we talked about everything BUT a possible marriage to Ann. Who knew that we could spend so long talking about nothing?

At the time I really didn’t like to eat ice cream because it was so cold and made my teeth hurt. We laugh about it now, but you can imagine my discomfort when Ann’s dad came out with a bowl filled with what had to be a quart of ice cream.

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I waited for him to divide it up between the three of us, only to be horrified to see him return with two identical bowls, each filled with the same amount.

The huge bowl was my responsibility to make disappear.

This was going to be worse than I thought.

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Why do you care?

I was thinking the other night about some of the negative observations that float around those magic invisible waves that flood our mobile devices with information (and certainly a fair share of misinformation).

What sparked my train of thought was the perception of non-diversity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when “three more white men from Utah” were called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

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As I lay in bed staring at what would be the ceiling if I could see it, my thoughts turned a little angry as I thought: Why do you care?

You know, if someone isn’t a member of the church or doesn’t believe in the witness of the spirit that clearly testifies that these are who the Lord has chosen, then why would they even spend time thinking about it?

No really … why?

The way my mind zooms around from thought to thought, that made me finally land back on the question itself, and I realized that there are, in fact, four questions within the one.

WHY do you care?

Why DO you care?

Why do YOU care?

and,

Why do you CARE?

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