Advice to all of you political junkies (of which I am one):  take a lesson from the wisest man who ever lived.  Proverbs 18:17 TLB  “Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight.”

Many Americans have allowed themselves to become insulated from truths they don’t like. The only newspapers they read are the ones who report with their political slant.   They watch either FOX or MSNBC, according to their prejudices and rant against people and issues of which they know little.  As soon as anyone voices a varying opinion, the mind snaps shut, never to be opened again to that heretic.

Today an acquaintance of mine posted a message on FACEBOOK that if you celebrate Earth Day, you are also celebrating Lenin’s birthday.  And then he went on to decry the Russian premier.  Bad!  Bad!  What more reason do I need to pillage and destroy the earth’s bountiful resources than this? Does this line of reasoning follow that when I celebrate my husband’s birthday I am also celebrating the bombing of Pearl Harbor?

Them verses us!   What a comfort to surround myself with others who know the “truth” as you know it, and by avoiding the other guys are demonically wrong, who are out to deceive and destroy.  Unfortunately this mental isolation produces a brain freeze that extends to friends and family members who view life differently.  In reality, most people are living their lives as best they can with what they’ve been given.  As one frustrated American put it, “Can’t we just all get along?”  Not a bad idea from where I sit.


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