From my childhood until the present…I have questioned what I am told.
Life brings us many assertions of truth and along with them the expositor of the truths assures us that they have the ‘unvarnished’ corner regarding the truth.
In Christopher Columbus day it was commonly believed and accepted that the Earth was flat.
It was accepted as fact, that the Sun traveled through space around the earth. ‘Newton realized that the reason the planets orbit the Sun is why objects fall to Earth when we drop them. The Sun’s gravity pulls on the planets, just as the Earth’s gravity pulls down anything that is not held up by some other force and keeps you and me on the ground.’ Wikipedia
‘Alchemy – a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life.’
‘A power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way.’
‘An inexplicable or mysterious transmuting.’ Meriam Webster Dictionary
We are currently living through a bit of political alchemy in the United States.
‘Breaking: Trump and Kim sign agreement pledging to work toward ‘a lasting peace.’
‘We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind and sign a historic document,’ Kim told reporters at the signing ceremony, speaking through a translator. ‘The world will see a major change.’ Vox June 12, 2018
‘Washington Post claims North Korea working on new missiles.’ Washington Post July 30, 2018
Through my years as a manager, of housekeeping operations, at Southern Illinois University I was often in the office of an administrator, in the Student Service division, who had a sign that simply said, ‘THINK.’
It is incumbent upon we humans to think about what we are being told…as truth!
When our president exclaims on countless occasions that he is not guilty of collusion with the Russians regarding the 2016 presidential election…and now has his lawyer, Rudy Guilliani, say that collusion is not illegal…I can not help but wonder why the goal posts continue to be moved?
‘According to a Boston radio interview with golf journalist James Dodson, Eric Trump tells Dodson that Trump golf courses heavily relied on funding from Russia. Eric Trump denies this allegation.’ The Moscow Project
‘A Russian state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, helps finance the struggling Trump-branded hotel in Toronto by purchasing an $850 million stake in a Ukrainian steel mill from the project’s developer.’ The Moscow Project
President Trump, recently admonished a group of veterans that he was addressing, to not believe what they were seeing or hearing.
As of May 1, 2018 or 466 days since he took the office of the presidency…’president Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categories and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.’ The Washington Post
I love science fiction and alternate realities are fun and mind expanding. However, when the commander in chief lives in these forums and makes decisions that affect me and my family and you and your family…it is a problem.
There really is some glaring similarities in religious leaders and political leaders. For both, you have the right, through analytical examination, to expect a consistency in message and demonstration of enacting the message in the leaders personal life.
If a religious leader extolls their congregation to live a life of giving and poverty as a methodology of obtain worldly wealth…and you observe that the leader continues to grow richer while the parishioners grow steadily poorer….something is wrong with the message?
If a political leader tells us that tariffs are good for the american people and our financial well-being…and yet some segment of our economy are increasing jobs…others are loosing much more jobs than the areas that are increasing…and farmers are seeing their crops, in real time, become virtually worthless…and the president proposes 12 billion in aid for them to supplement the damage that his tariffs are doing…
Or, when our tax cut is supposed to help all americans, trickle down economics, but the sad fact is that after some bonuses given at the outset of the cuts…now wages are stagnate…and another tax reduction is proposed…this time for…only the rich?
And…the president of a university is convinced to leave…with an monetary incentive of more money than many of the civil service staff will make in the next 20 years…
And the implosion of Wall Street is rescued by a massive bailout by our tax dollars…and then…the next year…many of the executives of the taxpayer bailed out companies…receive millions of dollars in bonuses….
Or when we shout from the mountain top…the virtue of having a wall at our southern border…when not so long ago…much of our country was owned by Mexico.
Or when we talk about a merit system of immigration…when we took the country from the native americans and subsequently gave them small and arid pieces of land to live on.
Who decides the meritorious?