Truth shall set our voters free
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I firmly believe the greatest challenge we face in a nation where the government is supposedly run by the vote of the people is to discuss and sort out actual truth.
Voting is much more critical than getting a driver’s license, and yet no test is required to vote.
I am appalled by the reasons some people voted as they did. One woman made her choice because she “liked the way he sounded.” Another stated her dislike of the lady vice presidential candidate because she “didn’t like the way she held her baby and I don’t like her voice.”
The shifting position of the politicians on so many issues certainly puts their credibility in question. I’m reminded of a court hearing years ago where our attorney asked a question of the person testifying. When the attorney pointed out the answer was different than his response to the same question in the deposition, he asked him, “Were you lying then or are you lying now?”
So many times I wanted to ask the candidates the same question.
My brother Harry says, “Those who could control you must first prevent you from seeking truth.”
I feel as though I have been prevented and am still being prevented.
The scripture says the wise man builds his house upon a rock but the fool builds on the sand. (New Orleans demonstrated what happens if you build below sea level.)
The analogy here is if you build your philosophy of government and life upon the shifting sands of partial truth or misinformation you will suffer the consequences. By the way, partial truth can be worse than an outright lie.
If your house is all on sand (lies) it may sort of hold together while it slides downhill. If only one corner is on the rock, it will break apart as the rest begins to slide.
If you are reacting emotionally to what you hear, you are probably a gentle and trusting person but you are also easily influenced and manipulated.
We all have a tendency to think that others think and feel as we do. I used to tell my kids if they meet someone who thinks everyone is crooked, watch them because they are drawing judgment from their own well.
Have you noticed the people who demand that everyone tolerate their behavior are themselves extremely intolerant?
Because we prize peace and freedom does not mean other cultures think as we do. It is suicidal to believe Islamic terrorists would seek peace and freedom if we would just leave them alone. Study history and examine their record.
My brother gave me eight points to consider in the search for truth.
1. Passionately desire truth, accept nothing less than what is verifiable by reasonable test.
2. Recognize that things are often not what they appear to be. Others will attempt to deceive you by making their message appear to be true. Do not accept things as they appear to be on the surface.
3. Make it a habit to attack your own premises and your own assumptions. Those which are really based on truth will grow stronger, and you can discard the others.
4. Truth is like an onion. It is often buried beneath several layers. The more buried it is, the more important it is to strip away the surface layers. Those who have dark secrets must cover their lies with layers of deception.
5. Base your world-view on established science and objective reality.
6. Challenge the motives of politicians and everything political.
7. Require accountability from everything and everybody. Those who want undeserved gifts from you will be reluctant to give accountability. Trust but verify.
8. Truth from all sources is noncontradictory. For example, scientific, theological or philosophical truths when properly understood will not conflict with each other. They will be seen to be complimentary.
From the Ottawa University shield: “Veritas Vos Liberabit,” The truth shall set you free.
From I Thess. 5:21: “Test all things and hold fast to that which is good.”
Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle.
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