Challenge is finding truth amid greed and media distortion
October 11, 2011
Today we are faced with many challenges. The most obvious is financial. Many are struggling to find jobs. The demand for unemployment benefits, food stamps and other forms of charity is very high.
We have watched the downsizing, relocating and closing of many businesses.
Winter is a normal cycle of downturn in construction, farming and other business, so we are anticipating things getting worse.
The depth of this problem is hard to understand. Its complexity is enormous and involves the banking industry, the Federal Reserve, Wall Street and international political intrigue.
The motivation is also complex. The first response is to assume that everyone’s motives are noble and all those involved have our best interests at heart. It is probably just a problem of wisdom on the part of those in leadership positions. Don’t you wish that it was just that simple?
The desire for luxury and wealth is a motivating factor that drives people to be aggressive in creating businesses, products and innovations. The downside is called greed, and it produces scams and cheating.
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Our personal drive to have a neat vehicle, a wonderful house, a flat screen TV, great food and other luxuries is a driving force of a prosperous society. Technical and artistic talent is driven by this opportunity to not only meet other’s needs but to create in them desires for new innovations.
This motivation also generates con artists and deceptive advertising. So many people are so gullible.
The strongest motivation is the desire for power and control.
This factor infects everything from families, to city councils, to religions and all forms of government, clear up to the globalists. One of the major globalists, Zbigniew Brzezinski (who served as President Carter’s national security advisor), said, “The only way the entrenched powers of the West have been able to expand and maintain their power is through the ignorant consent of most of the governed.”
The challenge for us then, is to diligently seek truth.
The Bible says, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” That is a tough order in today’s society.
To twist a favorite quotation, let me say that if you don’t watch TV you are uninformed, but if you do watch it, you are misinformed. The TV news media is very selective in broadcasting news. You never get the whole story, and even when they pronounce “fair and balanced” you wonder what they are calling fair. Usually they become so focused on some gruesome story of a missing child that the rest of the world flows by unnoticed.
They feature their candidate of choice and neglect the ones they dislike unless they can dig up some dirt. The bad candidate got a DUI 40 years ago or had something to do with a bad word painted on a rock in 1987.
The term brainwashing is probably more relevant today than ever before. We may not charge off to a jungle and drink Kool-Aid, but we might support political policies that will destroy this great nation.
We all have tremendous responsibility to know the truth. We do have a great resource that former generations’ did not have. The Internet has thousands of sources and a wide range of writers. It helps quench our insatiable thirst for truth.
Even if someone disagrees with me, I respect them if I perceive that they are earnestly seeking truth. The very personification of evil is deception.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Some might even risk praying, “God if you’re really there, show me truth.”
Desperate times require desperate measures.
“Out On A Limb” appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Ross Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.