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Jul 13 2017

What We Wish to Be True

Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.

Roman general and statesman, Julius Caesar, was born on this day in 100 BC (died March 15, 44 BC).

We’ve already talked about that this week. Sort of Et Tuesday, if you will.

And this week’s news cycle has played this to perfection.

If you want to believe the worst about Donald Trump, then the news has underscored everything you believe. It’s even given you hope that he’s going to be impeached.

That’s not going to happen and, even if it did, Hillary still won’t be president.

If you want to believe the best about Donald Trump, then the news has given you reason to believe that he’s being persecuted and that the media and the left are out to get him.

Well, the media and the left ARE out to get him, but it’s not like he hasn’t given them reason to dislike or distrust him.

But it’s not just a simple good vs. evil equation, with that equation varying according to your political views.

He’s not all bad. He’s not all good.

No one is.

Well, one is, but he’s not the President. He’s the Lord.

I digress.

Day after day people complain about social media and the hate and the screaming and the argument.

And then we perpetuate it by sharing the latest breaking news, which may or may not be breaking, and may or may not be news.

We share the stuff that underscores our own belief and pass over or type in all caps against the things with which we disagree.

Let’s be clear that, regardless of your politics and beliefs, neither the politicians or the media are going to fix this.

That’s up to each of us.

So, instead of immediately hitting share on that “story” that says George Soros was a Hitler youth, or that the Polish Prime Minister’s wife snubbed President Trump, do yourself, and all of us, a little favor. Do a little more research before you pass along misinformation that “proves” your point of view, even if it’s wrong.

I know I’ve talked about this a lot.

I’m going to keep talking about it until you people start sharing my posts and not those silly memes.

Or, I’m going to keep talking about it as long as it continues to be a problem which is like…forever.

Like I said, we can’t trust the politicians or media to fix this, they’re part of the problem. But we don’t have to feed the beast.

We all need to take the time to read and to share more thoughtfully, and more accurately.

And, when you don’t, I’m going to call you out.

Meet me at the Roman Senate.

FIVE THINGS FOR YOUR THURSDAY

Repentance When Taking Bread & Wine
Tony Campolo at Red Letter Christians
Upon reflection, I realized that none of the nails that the Roman soldiers drilled through His hands and feet hurt Him more than my own personal ugly sins…and, at this communion service, I repented – big time – and I inwardly wept.

On ‘Whataboutism’ And Its Moral Hazards
Sometimes it’s useful. Other times, it’s immoral.
Ben Shapiro at The Daily Wire
In this case, whataboutism is itself dishonesty — it’s pretending to care about the sins of the Left in order to justify the sins of the Right.

PBS Announces Air Dates for SHE LOVES ME, PRESENT LAUGHTER, HOLIDAY INN & More!
Broadway World
PBS raises the curtain on three of the Great White Way’s most acclaimed recent musical productions. Great Performances presents “She Loves Me” (October 20), “Holiday Inn” (November 24) and a tribute to Harold Prince, the living embodiment of Broadway’s Golden Age (November 17), along with the acclaimed revival of “Present Laughter” (November 3) and encores of “In the Heights – Chasing Broadway Dreams” (November 10) and “Hamilton’s America” (December 1).

Poll shows voters trust the media only a little bit more than Trump
USA Today

Best-Run States Are Low-Tax Republican, Worst-Run Are High-Tax Democratic, Study Finds
Investor’s Business Daily
According to the latest ranking of states by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the most fiscally sound states in the nation are all low-tax, GOP strongholds, while the 10 least-solvent states are almost all high-tax and heavily Democratic.

ONE FOR THROWBACK THURSDAY

Doing the same things over and over
The Write Side of My Brain
See the problem doesn’t really come when we do something we know or at least think we shouldn’t be doing. The problem comes when we don’t recognize that and continue on doing the same thing.

Doing the same things over and over

AND FINALLY…

American singer-songwriter, and actress, Louise Mandrell was born on this day in 1954.


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