April 24, 2014

Inquiring Minds?

How do you know what you know?

What do you know to be true?

A recent television commercial presents the viewers with a young woman who believes everything she reads on the internet because no one can lie on the internet. When asked where she learned that, she replies, "The Internet!"

When your mom told you not to touch the stove because it was hot, did you touch it anyway. Did you believe it was hot or did you need to burn yourself, seeking truth and knowledge on your own?

When standing in line at the grocery store; you read a headline on a magazine nearby: Wisconsin Farmer Shoots Down UFO/ Men in Black SUV's Abscond Alien Bodies and Ship (and  two dead cows the downed ship killed upon crashing to ground; do you purchase the magazine or flip to article while standing in line? What if the headline says Huge Plane Missing Over Indian Sea? No one knows where it is, yet we have satellites that can read your license plate number from space.

If a written article is pro-this or con-that, do you believe it right off the get-go or do you look to see who published it? Do you question the integrity of the writing as having an agenda either political, religious or commercial? Or do you read it, scratch your head and say, "yeah, I thought so"?

How do you know what you know?

If you have read and read and read, do the research  until the subject starts showing up in your dreams? You come to a conclusion and the first person you share it with tells you your conclusions are flawed, do you question yourself? Do you start over or do you look at the person pronouncing your flawed thinking and question the motives for their comments?

Do you question things? If you do, does it depend on who says it; who writes it; what network it comes from?

How do you know what you know?

How much of what you know do you think is true? Is it true for you or is it a universal truth?

Do you believe in, well, let's say "God?" Do you believe in God? Do you believe in God because your parents and your parent's parents and their parents believed in God? Do you believe in God because you've experienced God in your life? Do you believe in God because you desperately want there to be a God? Do you not believe in God? Do you not believe in God because no one is out there or because you like to sleep in on Sunday mornings? If you believe in God, is it a God full of love or does God walk around with a whistle and clip board checking off your thoughts, words and actions.

Do you believe that good and evil have separate sources or do you believe that evil is just the absence of good?

Do you believe that light and dark have distinct sources or, is darkness, again, just the absence of light?

How do you know what you know?

Is the milk really bad because the container has yesterday's date stamped on it?  Who reported that the meat in McDonald's hamburgers is not fit for human consumption? What it the FDA, was it Burger King or was it a vegetarian scientist?

How do you know what you know?

Do you trust the written word? Do you trust Dianne Sawyer? Do you trust your local politician? Do you trust Bill Clinton? Do you trust the label on your cereal box that says there is 110 calories in a serving? Do you know that a green light for you means it is safe to enter the intersection?

Do you believe in the impossible? I'm betting about 90% of the things in our home today were thought to be impossible a mere hundred years ago.

How do you know what you know?

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