Being unfamiliar with something or ignorant about a topic or confused because of information that is either incomplete or inconclusive is not the same as being stupid.
A lot of people don’t realize this.
Not knowing is not a problem. It’s never been the issue.
Nor is it an indicator of intelligence, diligence or competence
Not knowing is an essential condition of our humanity.
We are born not knowing. It’s part of the fun. It’s a part of our experience called life.
The problem(s), the interpersonal difficulty(s) emerge when knowing isn’t the goal, but rather, being “right” becomes the goal – or victorious as arguers would argue.
Being “in charge,” being the person, making the final decisive decision, has become the end game in our politics for some.
(Seeking the truth) being honest and being held accountable if we’re not used to be the basis upon which we built trust and made progress towards improving our society’s systems.
When we don’t care enough about the truth to earnestly hold our elected officials accountable if and when they are dishonest – by omission, commission and half mission – then the fabric of our union frays and weakens wears and tears apart in small sections initially.
And unless caring about what is true intensifies, there’s growing evidence that we’ll soon be ripped open entirely.
I’m not afraid.
Good people will always try to do good.
Unfortunately – good people frequently default to trusting in difficult times.
Who they’re trusting doesn’t matter.
What they’re putting their trust in matters.
Do we really even trust ourselves to be honest?
When it counts, when it matters?
And doesn’t honesty always matter?
I’m asking you to as your heart
Has the truth stop mattering to you?