It seems that Mitt Romney will go up against Barrack Obama in November. Some would have you believe that this is the most important election in the history of the universe. Well, it isn’t. Every election is important. Over the next few months the question for us is what is the best direction for our country for next four years. After the disastrous presidency of GWB we have begun a long and slow healing process, an anemic but none the less steady job growth, and a new inclusive health law. That is the truth. What is also true is that the rich have become richer, the poorer have become more marginalized and vilified and the middle class has flat-lined. That’s also the truth.
There are some in our country who would like to see the status quo…their status quo remain the same. There are others who would like to see more equality among the classes. To whom much has been given, much is expected. There are also some that look at the Constitution as if it is the blueprint for articles of incorporation with the wealthiest as the governing board members. They actually think that the country is a business. This belief is also an unfortunate truth. And there are others who seek parity for all; that the country is not a business but a living breathing organic entity who’s members inter-connectivity-dependence greatly affects the whole. This is also true. Is truth relative? No. You and I both know that there are universal truths that are objective (e.g. life, liberty, happiness, equality). These are true whether we believe them or not. How I use the truth for my own advantage is subjective. As such over the next months there will be all sorts of “truthful” statements that, with a little searching, can be proved false. Watch for it.
The reading for today addresses the issue:
“You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” (John 18)
So, heads up. You are smart, you can ferret out the truth and help answer Pilate’s ancient question. Listen, believe with healthy intellectual curiosity. We can be fooled. It’s happened before. Now the question remains, do we want to make (being fooled) chronic?
and so it goes…