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There Is No Single Version of the Truth

In the week since Adam Lanza killed 20 innocent young children and six heroic adults in the town of Newport, Connecticut, many people have proclaimed to know why it happened, or at least who or what to blame.LifeIsHOTBlog, Brad W. Smith photographer, No Single Version of the Truth, meauring device

There are many degrees of truth, but no absolute truths, only absolute beliefs.

Informed only by the limited details reported ad nauseum by media, they’ve reached a conclusion.

Well, I’ve got news for them. For the most part, they’re wrong. They’re wrong because they point to one single answer as though it were the absolute truth. There is no single version of the truth. No One Right Answer. Not for Sandy Hook, not for the fiscal cliff, not for your business, not for a better relationship with your teenager. Truth is a compound substance composed of many beliefs. There is no pure element in the periodic table of life called Truth. Continue reading

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It’s the Morning After: What Have We Done?

Yesterday American voters had the chance to elect or re-elect their public representatives and to voice their opinions about ballot issues. Yesterday, the American

What have we done? Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Two seagulls on the beach, walking away from each other

Listening can be hard and making assumptions about what another has said can lead to a fracture in a relationship.

people spoke their truth. Now it’s time for those elected to honor their promises to us. I’m not sure we know what those promises really are. I’m not sure that we really heard what all the candidates have said over the long campaign season. Worse, I’m not sure that those we have elected have heard what we really meant. Continue reading

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You Talkin’ to Me?

“We the People”  love the First Amendment, and during this political season, we especially enjoy the right of assembly and the right of free speech the

First Amendment, You Talkin' to Me? Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, carved, lighted pumpkin on brick pillar with copious seeds and stringy pulp

Some people mistakenly believe spewing a viewpoint is the same as engaging in true conversation.

amendment affords. These two rights sometimes merge on the Internet, and no where more easily than on Facebook. Some people spend so much time there bashing any ideas, candidates and party not aligned with their own views, they have no time to listen to the views of anyone else.

Of course, these people are not interested in listening. They are not intent on establishing a connection with me. That’s the truth that bears further consideration. Continue reading

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