Ralph Profitt | December 19, 2018

Each find their own way, but let us all walk together in searching for those truths that will free us from whatever errors that may bind us.

Years ago: back in the 1950's, there was a popular television crime show: "Dragnet".   The leading character of the show was a detective named "Joe Friday".   He was known for his investigative skills, and always inquired his persons of interest by asking:
"Just the facts please; that is all we are asking; just the facts".

Now, over half a century later; I suspect that is what a good number of us are still asking in this emotionally polarizing era of "fake news", "alternative facts", and other reporting notoriety.
Where the blurred value of any and everything is measured by the immediate impact and directional dimensions of soaring events and sizzling headlines, intent on stirring up fear and exploiting division for self-gain and political expediency.

A fact usually represents a true objective something that actually exists or happened:   An event or certainty that is provable and accurate, a known revelation that can be authentically verified to be what it really is, and can be further proven and supported with independent transparent evidence.
Naturally, it is very difficult; if not almost impossible to have any reasonable discourse or other discussions with someone who stubbornly adopts the attitude: "Do not confuse me with facts; my mind is already made up."

Unfortunately, with the exploding advent of widespread electronic and social media, wherein unindentifiable individual persons, assorted groups, organizations, and even foreign powers; with their own self-seeking agendas of sowing resentment, fanning prejudice, and highlighting rogue grievances, can quickly and conveniently create and post on-line platforms and publicize whatever questionable thoughts, beliefs, propoganda, distortions, or any other maligned views they might wish to disseminate; making it sometimes very difficult to adequately distinguish between what is genuine fact verses pure created bias fiction.

What makes it really "tough":   Sometimes the truth is not always so obvious; quickly perceived, readily understood, or as clear or apparent as we might like it to be of others intended and distorted misuse of specific words, terms, thoughts, and phrases of which we may have already thought we had a general understanding and familiarity.
That is where the rigors of applied resourceful thinking is needed in such a quandary of doubts.   For what is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right.

In such puzzlements of doubt and uncertainty, one has to develop and sharpen their focused ability to be extremely thorough, accurate, and exhaustive in continuing their never ending efforts to seek, search, and find that elusive thought, notion, understanding, or concept; which is true and complies with factual reality and our better valid base of values as best we can understand.

It is often not a simple process; especially with so many different sources of information competing for our attention, but we need keep trying; if we want to be better informed and understand the potential impact and effects on so many important significant issues confronting us all.
In doing so, one may sometimes find themselves standing pretty much alone in strong disagreements with other; hopefully reminding everyone:   let us agree to politely disagree, without being unbearably disagreeable, unpleasant, or disrespectful of others positioning being discussed and reviewed.

It is the only sincere logical civil way anyone will ever achieve a reasonable less emotional consensus, compromise, understanding, or possible accord with others thoughts, suggestions, or opinions on various matters of mutual importance and concern.

In searching for truth:
Each find their own way, but let us all walk together in searching for those truths that will free us from whatever errors that may bind us.

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.   John 8:32


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