“Truth does not carry within itself an antidote to falsehood. The cause of truth must be championed and it must be championed dynamically.”
—William F. Buckley Jr., 20th Century American author and commentator
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Where do you get your news? Who are the people and what are the sources you trust? What are some of the sources that bend the truth, provide widely divergent views and spins on current events, in pursuit of their own agenda?
In the past—and to some extent today—I was foolish enough to believe that the truth would always set us all free and that it was indeed the antidote to any falsehood.
These days, the truth itself does not always matter enough to set things right, given the many other divergent perspectives being advocated.
Where are you dynamically championing the truth in your various personal and professional communities? How can you better apply a “trust but verify” approach to the many sources of information coming your way?
“There is nothing wrong with being wrong.”
—Mokokoma Mokhonoana, philosopher & social critic
In his classic work, Meditations, Marcus Aurelius said:
If anyone can prove and show to me that I think and act in error, I will gladly change it – for I seek the truth, by which no one has ever been harmed. The one who is harmed is the one who abides in deceit and ignorance.
To what degree are you and those around you seekers of truth? To what extent do you embrace the facts – or in current terms, embrace the science – to help you make better decisions in your personal and professional activities?
Holding our thoughts up to the light of day and greater wisdom beyond our current views can help all of us come together, improve our relationships, and perhaps solve many of the challenges facing our world.
What would happen if no one was ashamed or reluctant to change their mind in the light of new information? Where and with whom would admitting you were wrong and apologizing be the right thing to do?
“In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.”
-Walter Cronkite, anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years
Perhaps no television news anchor has ever or will ever be respected and trusted as much as Walter Cronkite. Millions of people watched him each evening without fail, knowing his reports of the news would be objective, balanced, and trustworthy. As an inquisitive and thorough reporter, he knew there were always numerous views and perspectives on every topic, and successfully rooted out and communicated the truth — with candor and his unique brand of professionalism and humanity.
How can you demonstrate your openness and receptivity to the many sides of the stories you hear professionally and personally, to do an even better job of seeking and discovering the truth you desire?