July 08, 2010

Challenging Gummi-Bears?

Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

I'll tell you straight out, chocolate covered Gummi Bears are the best snack ever!  Skeptical are you?  Don't knock it until you try it.  I am not a huge Gummi Bear fan, but chocolate covered...well what's not good chocolate covered? 

How does one arrive at what is truth and what is not? 

I suppose for many years, we believe exactly what we are told.  We believe what we read in books, what we see on the television, what is in the newspaper.  Sometimes, we even believe truth to be what we want it to be. 

Think back to terrible two's if you will.  Those little peanuts are always challenging you, always testing and finding their boundaries.  That is how they are discovering what is truth, what is real, what is right and wrong.  It seems at some point in our lives we (well except for you rebel types, wink) we become complacent and don't bother to challenge truth anymore.  In fact, if you take elections for example, we allow others to find out the "truth" for us, and we weigh what others have put before us and make a decision.  When did we stop challenging truths ourselves?  I know, this a is broad statement, and I'm speaking in generalities of course.  I just thought this was an interesting question, and it got the wheels a' turning.

Then of course, the whole leap of faith argument creeps in.  Do we find it's more comfortable to only challenge the truths that be to our benefit.  Do we challenge truths to stir the pot, start drama?  Can we begin to challenge truth to get to just that, without thought to what the discovery will present, or as to how it will affect our life, our comfortability.  Are you one that decides truth, discovers truth or follows what others have decided it to be?

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