John Dickerson:Mr Jefferson are you seriously suggesting we publish a paper declaring to all the world that an illegal rebellion is in reality a legal one?
Ben Franklin:Mr. Dickerson I’m surprised at you. You should know rebellion is always legal in the first person such as: “Our rebellion” It’s only in the 3rd person: “Their rebellion” that it becomes illegal
Part of my daily prayer life is scripture, a chapter each from the old testament, psalms, the new testament & the gospels. Thus the first bit of scripture I encountered in the new year was this:
In estrangement one seeks pretexts: with all persistence he picks a quarrel.
According to scripture proverbs was written by Solomon who was granted great wisdom by God at his request and this single verse is a great example on eternal truth and plays off something I’ve said for many years, the most dangerous thing in the world is an excuse.
Given the right excuse people will believe or disbelieve anything, it’s very much like what Kevin Kukla says here in defending Catholic doctrine:
In my experience I do not find the defiance against the Church to be on an intellectual level as much as it is a matter of the heart.
Far more people reject Catholic moral teachings because they simply do not want them to be true than because they think the teachings are untrue.
Not wanting something to be true is a powerful incentive in life, if you can deny that something is true, like the existence of Israel is legitimate it allows you to do things like this:
Two people were killed and two others seriously wounded in a shooting attack in Tel Aviv just before 3 p.m. Friday. Five others were wounded — three in moderate condition and two with light injuries. Hours later, the killer was still on the loose…
It can allow a washington pol to call spending increases a “cut” and allows a young Michigan Arab activist to claim objecting to the stabbing of Jews is “like defending animal rights”
It allows media to pretend that the greatest danger from attacks like those in Paris & San Bernardino is a backlash against muslims, a backlash apparently so hard to find that Islamists have to burn their own mosques to produce it.
It’s why students blame the patriarchy for their inability to find a job when their classes consists of women’s studies nonsense, it’s why Bill Cosby was (and Bill Clinton still is) able to be celebrated for decades by people who know better.
It’s why Hillary Clinton can lie emails and be defended, Why NYC can fine you for not calling Jenner a woman, why Belle Knox can be a feminist hero, why Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel can be defended by the black establishment And it’s also why the Black Lives Matter crowd going after the mayor will never ever spend time worrying about the gang violence that ends more black lives than police ever will.
All of these things are based on an estrangement from truth, and it’s for this reason that when you bring up obvious truths like:
Jews have a right to exist, Increasing spending is not a cut, Attempting to murder Jews is wrong, American Muslims are not in danger, woman’s studies class are not the route to a well paying job, Bill Cosby & Bill Clinton are dangerous to women, Hillary Clinton is a liar, Bruce Jenner is a man, Belle Knox is an expensive prostitute, Rahm Emanuel covered up misconduct to win an election and gang violence & culture by people of color is the real danger to black lives.
that people will as King Solomon says will pick a quarrel with persistence.
And while in comedy one might try to make a lying a virtue
The thing about truth is that one it is known,
requires a decision to act responsibility or to take the consequences of not doing so.
And that is the key to why the truth is so hated. When one chooses not to act and the consequences occur from the serious like the victims of radical Islam and the black mothers crying over their dead children killed in gang violence to the trivial like inability to have a good job or be happy with who we are, the realization that those consequences are traced not to strangers but to us is more than most can bear.
Much better to face the truth and act upon it, even if we fail and have the consolation of the War Doctor that we “at worst, we failed doing the right thing, as opposed to succeeding in doing the wrong.“
The Culture of the lie is the culture of death. Give me the truth of Christ and his Church any day.
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