Opinions, freedom, rights and wrongs | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It seems to me that we have mastered the ability to shape the truth to fit our purpose so well that once accepted, it then becomes the truth.

Therein lies the biggest risk to the freedom we enjoy. We all want the truth, because in truth is fairness and reality. But when the truth is shaped for public consumption and is built around half truths and personal opinion that is where things go askew.

Once people start accepting and arguing for the shaped version of the truth from an agenda driven perspective, we find ourselves as lost as the Malaysian airliner with little hope of getting back on the correct course.

It is difficult for people who seek the truth to not be deceived when it is provided by a perceived trusted source. But who can be trusted? That is where each of needs to be less accepting and rely on the core values we’ve been given, on one faith, and ones basic common sense. Like the old saying goes, “Deceive me once shame on you. Deceive me twice, shame on me.”

Our search for the truth is what will keep our union strong. Openness, respect for our fellow citizen, fairness and equality to all and acceptance of differing views with a willingness to compromise must become the basis for what we are willing to acknowledge as truthful.

We must also accept the fact that the truth can be painful, but those who choose to shape the truth to avoid the pain are doing a disservice to themselves and the people they hope are gullible enough to accept their version of the truth.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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