Eric's Sunday Sermon; Today’s Heated Debate is Good
So we sleep outside to count stars and hug with warming meeting
Maybe my childhood was spent half of the time in a holler called Indian Gardens
Please do not judge today, wait until tomorrow
I hate you and I love you!? We really need to understand that from the heart flows our words. And sometimes it is just natural that we get a bit confused because we hate you and we love you. And the worst part is that we do it nearly simultaneously. Easy now, do not hold your self a failure for doing this and do not hold “the other” accountable in this regard either. If you do not let the crap flow you will get colon cancer. Get some fiber and some prune juice and let go. We should never get constipated in our mental acuity because it may be uncomfortable otherwise. That which is held within is a much fiercer foe than anything from without.
Now let us deal with a concept that is very helpful in listening. Just assume there is a man, who as far back as early high school studied debate. Into college he studied it more and implemented it with logic studies and public speaking studies. Of course he studied the concepts dealing with argument, apology and debate both public and private. Rest assured he studied it in writing and verbally. Then onto Law School he goes and studies the finest orators and their techniques. He studies rules and protocols when it comes to the art of persuasion and the classic forms of logic along with global comparative logic and word use in argument. A doctorate in hand he enters a public, social media site to teach right thinking among his peers. After a month he declares “what a wild jungle out there”.
Perhaps he becomes a pro football player with thousands of hours or learning and thousands or hours perfecting his skill. No one would question whether or not an overweight middle aged man could compete against the pro. So why does a middle aged housewife with no study, formally or informally decide to take on the skilled in argument pro? We would never allow it in the physical but humans think the same rules does not apply to the learned mind? Amazing and even to suggest that there may be a difference is to hate and to be an elitists because even the most unpracticed mind has a “right”. And that right is translated into whoever can yell the loudest and use the most drastic language and be the most emotional.
Told you that you would not like this.
We just called them Caddydids, I love them
What is Love
I do not know of such things
So what happens when the skilled meet the very intelligent unskilled? Resentment builds and builds. Today’s culture will not allow the skilled to be given any deference. Think about that. Students billions and billions in debt to become skilled yet society will not recognize their skill. This is because it is insensitive to suggest that a person without a skilled mind may not be as skilled in thinking. We came up with a rule that said “we have the right to be as skilled a thinker as the person who is”. This could be called the dumbing down of America. If we respect and put a high value on higher education then we may become “less” than the educated in matters of logic, literacy and thought. And yet we spend billions of dollars to send our children to college only to reject that it did anything to make them smarter. This is total insanity. Yet the “chat rooms” and “social media” suggest we are all equally skilled at rational thought – so why in the hell have boards and licenses for Doctors and Lawyers and such? If everyone is just born with an innate ability to think well and relate well why in the hell should anyone go to higher education to the tunes of tens of thousands of dollars?
Just say a young lady has a degree in political science, as does my eldest. Well I studied political science in college also. But not as a major. Plus she graduated Cum Laude. So after graduation I could no longer treat her as my child regarding superior knowledge. Done deal, get over it Eric, she has superior understanding and knowledge in this area. She may still be argued with but now with me as the student and she as the teacher. After adjustment – Fantastic!!
In our world online everyone understands political science as well as one educated in it. Today everyone understands economics as well as one experienced and taught in the field. Oh for sure we have quarterbacks today calling plays from armchairs who are much more skilled that the pro team they criticize. And on my favorite topic. He who has never formally studied comparative religion, theology and philosophy and has never preached around such things is just as knowledgeable as the trained preacher.
This is the dumbing down of America. It is very dangerous and kicks into high gear the idea of someone rising to the top as a Populist. Scary.
Two concepts to think upon. It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear dumb witted than to open your mouth and prove it.
One cannot learn while talking.
Friends in life not on every issue
Ben Franklin wrote a letter to President Washington about the French Revolution. He was our “Ambassador” there at the time, far before the Louisiana Purchase. Which means that we shared common borders at the time of the Revolution and the Letter. (that changed within years as France sold of the Land to pay military debt, and we stole it from France for pennies on the buck) So Washington made decisions of wait and see based on Franklin’s report. Franklin said: “a fool sir is still a fool, the mere fact that you gather them by the multitudes merely aggravates the situation.” We today should take note and savor and respect those with $90K in debt and a degree which helped teach them to think. Why do we honor and respect a stupid 90 year old and think they wise? But dismiss a 25 year old lady with a degree in the area of discussion.
Why do we run roughshod over someone clearly learned in an area, because they seem to support an agenda of someone we hate?
Hence my friends the wonderment of one person to another of something fake. Remember the exercise of 15 people in a circle in a room and we whisper a fact around the circle. And without exception to quote back to the original whisperer is wholly different. Embrace this my friends and do not toil over or hate the 7th person who got it so upside down or the 6th who repeated to wrong. The exercise shows our fallibility. Praise to God. If I as a human was required to get everything right, surely suicide would be the only recourse. And praise to our brethren who get that about me and you.
There was a time when I was down on myself for failure in matters better left to the younger; learning a new language and remembering perfectly. My friend told me to list all the defects and errors of my wife. Brutal but I listed them. And then he asked me if I still loved her. Duh, of course I do!! Great friend, bride and mom to my child. So my friend said to me “can you love yourself the same?”
What a wonderful thing, I can easy love me and my wife…. So I must, just must love those with another point of view in our politics. And I must not rush to judgment based on my bias.
Can I get an Amen, for all of you are my best friends. A good place to be surrounded by – Variety is the Spice of life.