Friday, February 03, 2017


Me A Long Time Ago

What do you believe as deeply as you believe in gravity?  You don’t jump off a high place without some device to help you land safely because you deeply believe in gravity.  Is there something else you believe in that strongly?  In a time people speak of “alternative facts” we need to consider what it is we deeply believe.

I am not talking about opinions you might hold.   Even opinions which happen to be true are not the same as your fundamental beliefs.  Beliefs cause the course of our daily actions while opinions are mostly in the realm of our discourse.

One might say they believe in personal freedom.  That is a very American opinion to hold, but it is not a deeply held belief in this country.  If personal freedom were a deeply held belief in this country, we would as a society already have found a better way to deal with addictions than locking so many people up.  Also, there would not be any laws allowing the state to lock people away by simply giving them a psychiatric label and claiming we are helping them.  If we truly believed in personal freedom, homeless veterans would not find themselves being harassed, jailed or locked up for using public space for which they fought to keep free.

People claim to be Christians.  They may believe in Jesus, but ask yourself if their lives show that they believe what Jesus believed?  Are they living the Kingdom of God here on earth?  I raise this not to criticize Christians, but to point out the difference between believing something deeply enough that it causes action and holding an opinion about something that simply causes lip service.

All of us need to ask ourselves what do we believe and do our lives reflect what we claim we believe?  Everything is not relative.  Relativism is the concept that points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration.  However, don’t forget the truth of gravity if you are ever standing on a ledge of a tall mountain looking down.  Don’t say to yourself, “everything is relative” and jump because you will experience the truth of gravity.

There is no such thing as “alternative truth” or “alternative facts.”  However there is truth.  The pursuit of truth is honorable.

© Ed Cooper, 2/3/2017, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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