To follow what one is convinced is true requires a critical, open, and informed mind and a willingness to take time to sift through the media impact of each day before passing it on. Unfortunately, social media provides a vehicle for sharing information without taking time to critique it or evaluate its potential impact. Mental inertia is one cause of the misguided opinions that people form without any attempt to base them in fact. It accepts everything that is promoted socially or politically without having the curiosity to critique it for truth. Whether it be political, religious or cultural it is worth the attempt to cut through bias, propaganda and fiction to base one’s judgment in truth as far as possible.
Let me remember the call that we be salt of the earth and leaven.
Examine your own usual mental disposition. How astute are you in evaluating information? Are you mentally lazy? Where do your commitments lie?
Salt is good; but if salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless… it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
The truth shall make you free.
Loving the truth means not only affirming it, but rather living it, bearing witness to it in your work. … The issue is not that of being or not being a believer. The issue here is being or not being honest with yourself and with others.
Truth searches for no one. It waits to be found.
There’s an old saying that if a lie is told often enough, it becomes the truth. Actually, it doesn’t. What happens is that people simply start believing that it’s true.
Telling a truth is not only a matter of character, but is also a matter of appreciating factual situations and representing them without bias.
The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.
Mental laziness makes us lose all lively interest in the subject.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
The alternative to practicing what Scripture calls speaking the truth in love is continuing to communicate a lie in fear. That’s no way to live.
What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.
The cure to eliminate fake news is that people stop reading 140-character tweets and start reading 600-page books.
Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to mis-recognize the truth.
Mental inertia is death.
Timothy Thomas Fortune