Jottings: Your truth. My truth. Our truth. The whole truth
There is so much opinion being tossed around these days. So much propaganda. So many alternate facts, biases, rumors, as well as some right out lies posing as facts or truth.
I am wondering about where we are going; me as a person, our government, the whole world.
When you handle the truth like a fragile gem, is it the same treatment as that of a thing you do not value, maybe because it reflects parts of yourself you don't want to see?
When you appear in court and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you god, is your truth only a reflection of the way you see the world – a vision based on your experiences and data from your own research, or something else? Maybe a repeat of someone else's version of the news?
How can we have two or more news channels reporting such different slants on what's happening today. Are their reports aimed at telling truth? Spreading disinformation, distrust? Firing up fear? Or promoting selfish half truths as seen through fear, greed or unstable emotions?
When science brings us a researched logical perspective and prediction for the future if we follow an inconvenient path, how smart is it to blast the ideas as fake, and demean the expertise and respect of those knowledgeable enough to dare to show where certain paths will probably lead?
So help us, god, to see the whole truth. And to be able to sift out facts from fiction, to be aware of our biases, to build community, to hold respect for all being, and to give and receive love and appreciation for all of your creation.
Jeanie Anderson is a Jottings columnist.
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