January 29

Reflection

Mental laziness 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 or integrity. 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. 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.

Prayer

Let me remember, O Lord, your call that we be salt of the earth and leaven.

Action

Examine your own usual mental disposition. Are you mentally lazy? How astute are you in evaluating information? Where do your commitments lie?

Suggested Reading

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.
Luke 14:25-35

 The truth shall make you free.
John 8:32

I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.
Walter Cronkite

Truth searches for no one. It waits to be found.
Suzy Kassem

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
Ferdinand Foch

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.
Stephen Fry

Mental laziness makes us lose all lively interest in the subject.
Swami Vivekananda 

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Buddha

What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.
Bodie Thoene 

The cure to eliminate fake news is that people stop reading 140-character tweets and start reading 600-page books.
Piero Scaruffi

Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to mis-recognize the truth.
DaShanne Stokes

 

 

 

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