Skepticism

If there is a word that describes our generation, it would be skepticism. We have become a people who don’t trust what we hear and read anymore. Some people say

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

it began with the Viet Nam era, when the general public became aware that the political leaders were not always truthful about world events. We have all become aware that the media puts a spin on news events depending on political leanings. Even Pope Francis recently used the term “fake news” in a call for reporters, journalists, and all in the media to give accurate information.

Anyone who has written a term paper or done research has been schooled in the ethics of accurately writing the facts and citing our resources. It comes with the territory. Opinion is fine if it is understood to be opinion and stated as such.

Most of us don’t work for the media, but we are all called to be truthful. No one I know would purposefully ruin the reputation of another by lying about them, yet how many of us casually repeat rumors or gossip?

How many of us forward emails that are intended to harm another. By its very nature, all gossip is a lie, because it does not reveal the whole truth.

Each of us sees a situation through our own experiences, memories, senses and desires.

When we repeat something we inevitably leave out details, emphasize others, distort other details and add details of our own.

When we steal something we are expected to make reparation and make the situation right again.

The same applies to harming someone through our speech. We are expected to correct the lie.

Even if we apologize, get forgiveness, the damage is done, and often can’t make it right.

Lent is coming soon.

Traditionally, Christians give up something like snacks, pray more, give more charitably, and repair relationships.

Perhaps it would be good if we all took a little time to consider our speech.

Consider the harm or help our words have. Our world could do with a little less ”fake news”. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
We could all do with a little more truth.

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