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.

Okay, so what’s next?

Recently I watched an interchange between a political candidate and an advocacy rights group. The media labeled it as a “tense exchange” and the day following aired interviews with members of the group declaring their disappointment in the whole experience.

Admittedly I am not a supporter of that candidate, nor do I pretend to have any understanding of the plight of the social injustices the group is fighting.

But I really thought they both wanted the same thing, and began the conversation on the same side of the issue.

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So why did they end up turning in opposite directions?

I think it comes down to being ready to ask the question: okay, so what’s next?

But it’s pretty much impossible to be ready to move on to the solution if we can’t agree on where we are starting.

In my opinion, the candidate made the mistake of simply telling the others what they needed to do next. As well, in my opinion, the group made the mistake of not comprehending the valid if not difficult reality of the advice, which was actually good advice. Instead, they chose to tell the candidate that she didn’t understand.

See the common thread there?

Telling.

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Are you a patriot?

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Each day in grade school we started with our hands over our hearts, bodies and faces toward the door where the flag was prominently displayed, and together recited the words we knew by heart.

Sure, when we were that young, we often fidgeted and stood on one foot and then another, and couldn’t wait to be done to tell our desk mates our plans for recess. We were all so different from each other.

And yet the same.

But each day we had the clear reminder of just what a privilege it is for each of us as unique individuals to live in this country, the land of the free, and in fact a Promised Land. As children we were clearly familiar with what it was to stand together and face the same direction as unified compatriots.

flag2I remember that the big thing to look forward to was when we were in sixth grade when, two by two, we had the responsibility of taking the large American flag out to the pole in the courtyard and in the morning raising it up, and at the end of the lowering it down. Mr. Wiser was our coach and trainer to make sure it was folded correctly and it never touched the ground. We never let our flag be out in rainy or snowy weather.

Again, through sheer repetition and prominent placement in our daily schedule we had no doubt of the importance of our county.

That’s just it, isn’t it? OUR country.

Not just yours, not just mine.

Ours.

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Are we choosing our battles wisely over the marriage debate?

I saw a report of a county clerk who was refusing to issue any marriage licenses at all, stating that to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple went against her religious beliefs.

It’s possible that this situation could help us dig down and define just exactly what it is we are debating.

Of course, I could be missing it entirely, but I think it’s worth taking a closer look.

Here is a list of facts surrounding this particular case:

check3The first amendment guarantees us that congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

check3The Supreme Court has just issued a ruling that same-sex marriages are legal and to be recognized in all 50 states. It is law and most realistically will continue to be.

check3People of deep faith have a different understanding and reverence for marriage than those who view it more as a civil union performed by a magistrate.

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There are those from both the extreme right and left who feel those on the opposing end of the spectrum should be eradicated along with their respective ideologies.

check3We are all citizens of the same country, and therefore afforded the same rights and freedoms.

 

So, where does that leave us?

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But religion IS a choice, isn’t it?

I read the response from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about a petition from the Human Rights Campaign regarding same-sex attraction. There were of course the accompanying articles of people with differing points of view. The one I read was very well written and without animosity, which I appreciated.

However, it very logically went through point by point how hypocritical the Church was in its position. One of the responses to this opposing view was “I would hope that the Church will listen” which was followed by another response of “Maybe God should listen.”

listeningYou know me, it made me think.

Perhaps it is these two quick responses to an article that sum up what is really the issue here.

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Overestimating our own integrity

Ann and I have been having a bit of a laugh at my expense these last few days.

I slipped in to the hospital for a cervical fusion at a couple of levels last Friday. Being Superman in my own mind, I was sure that within a few days I’d be chomping at the bit to be swinging my arms while I walked briskly to hurriedly heal in my recovery.superman

I’d give it until Monday until I needed to be up to speed again (I would imagine that in my case up to speed would be a relative term?).

Anything else simply would not work for me; just too inconvenient.

Hence, Ann’s laughter.

I was having a bit of a pity party last night while Ann cleaned the bathrooms (clearly my responsibility) after she had a long day at work.

To me it seemed unbearable to go the few weeks of crushed machismo to have Ann do some of the things that I had promised her I would always handle. It made me look like a big wuss (kind of ironic how I felt that was the cause of my wussiness and not the constant moaning…)

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