Truth is defined as: “that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality”. The difference between truth and fact…is that fact is something that cannot be combated with reasoning, for it is logic itself…but truth is something which depends on a person’s perspective and experience.
Let’s take an example and reduce it to the “ridiculous”.
This bucket has a hole in it…truth or fact?
Truth: “This bucket appears to be losing water which could be due to evaporation or over-flow because the surface that it is sitting on is not level, etc.…” (a little bit of fact and a person’s truth).
Fact: This damn bucket has a hole in it and is losing water…period!
Every day (providing you don’t live in a cave) we are confronted through social media, personal contract, the news media and pundits explaining to us their interpretation of that bucket.
I find nothing more condescending than to listen to a speech (which is usually political) and then have a pundit explaining to me what I just heard and the meaning of it. If he or she wants to take issue with the content…so be it…but don’t blow smoke up my ass and call it cotton candy.
A lot of individuals have begun to tune out because of the rhetoric of both the left and right…don’t be one of them. The extremist of either side can and will change the world that we live in if we choose to set this one out.
We are a country of values, laws and assimilation…or so we were.
Have there been mistakes in the past that we are not proud of?…absolutely! Learn from our history…and move forward. Unfortunately there are individuals that use the “poor me” attitude to promote their agenda and attempt to place guilt on individuals and a society far removed from that era. I question our education system today to the degree that it teaches our history and its importance. I believe that the history of today’s generation is the news media, pundits and ideology…verbalizing their “truths”…not necessarily “facts”. A history of 8 second sound bites.
Our County is not upside down yet, but it is on “tilt” with its changing ideology that moves farther away from the values that made this Country different from other parts of the world. We are a blend of cultures that have assimilated and prospered in a County of laws that provides freedom and opportunity for those with a will to reach for it. Is life fair?…NO…everyone is not equal with ability…get over it …but freedom, individuality, and opportunity are there for all.
Don’t “tune out”…wake up and investigate for yourself and speak out…if you choose to live in your isolated bubble you could eventually find yourself living in a County…that you no longer recognize. It’s up to us to verbalize the “facts” that represents the “truth”…exercise that freedom.
May God Bless America