The Journey Continues – There Are None So Blind…

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I remember a time when people actively sought out the truth of any situation. They dug, if necessary, until the full truth was revealed. This was before computers so it was often time-consuming to get to the bottom where the real answers lie, but they still took the time to do the work. Today, with the internet, it seems we will swallow about anything without ever taking the time to even fact-check it. That’s very disturbing to me.

The truth of it is, from my perspective, that this may be one of the main reasons we seem to be choosing up sides in most matters – “us” vs. “them.” That, too, is troubling since I believe there are those who delight and definitely benefit from the rest of us not bothering to find out where the truth really lies. We’re becoming pawns in some hideous game for power and control and we seem to just be handing our power and control right over to them. Why would any of us willingly do that?

There could be any number of reasons ranging from stress to fear to hopelessness to laziness or who knows what else? We are individuals, after all, and we are motivated and discouraged by different things. Still, at times, it becomes very difficult for me to wrap my head around why anyone would not want to hear, see, and speak the truth in all circumstances in their lives.

There’s a famous quotation that kind of says it all. “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” It’s a quote many may be familiar with that is given credit for its origin to John Heywood in 1546. The truth to this quote is that there is more to it. “The most deluded are those who choose to ignore what they already know.” These two sentences, put together, are the totality of the quote and together speak to the times we are in right now.

What’s really interesting is that this quote seems to be a take on a verse from the Christian Bible. Jeremiah 5:21 says, “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not: which have ears, and hear not.” It seems in both cases, we are being warned to not turn a blind eye to what may be the truth and to listen carefully to the words spoken by others to discern the truth.

We seem to have changed the three monkeys of Wisdom (“Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.”) to some deranged version where we just accept without question anything we hear and see and then speak that information, whether true or not, to others thus spreading delusion and illusion far and wide.

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Is it a matter of not wanting anything or anyone to cause us to move out of our comfort zones? Or, perhaps, there is some fear residing in us that requires us to be right at all cost and we therefore seek out those bits of information that bolster that belief, even if it is built on a false foundation? Heaven knows most of have been programmed very well and hesitate to challenge that programming for fear of making waves with others and even ourselves.

In an attempt to be fair, I recognize that I’ve been cut from a different cloth than most, all my life. I’ve questioned things that others would never have considered questioning. I’ve pushed that envelope, at times, farther than most, often. Both have often ruffled feathers and gotten me into trouble. That could be the very reason I don’t seem to be able to understand why there are some who can’t see what’s right in front of their faces. Or is it that they refuse to see it because it would then demand they change some of their precepts and beliefs?

Whatever the reason may be, there are consequences for foolishly going through Life with ones hands over ones ears while going, “La-la-la-la-la” repeatedly because we just don’t want to hear anything that disagrees with our current beliefs. Slowly, and sometimes with surgical precision, our rights can be taken away, one by one, until we wake up one morning and don’t recognize our surroundings, wondering what happened.

I know many will assume I’m talking politics here. While it certainly could be applied to what’s going on right now, it could happen in any area of your life – your state, city or town, your job, your marriage or relationship, etc. All it takes is refusing to look at what’s really happening and/or what the truth of a situation or person really is. Doing something because you think it will keep you safe is no guarantee you will remain safe. Sometimes the freedom to live our lives as we truly want actually requires us to ask questions, take action, and even “rock the boat.” if necessary.

I guess my question now is, what will it take for people, as a whole, to open their eyes, their ears, and even their minds to what’s going on in their lives and in their world? What will it take for all of us to have peaceful discourses with each other, agreeing to disagree at times, but willingly listening to other points of view?

It was Benjamin Franklin who said, before signing the Declaration of Independence, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately.” Whether you’re talking politics, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change or any of a growing number of important issues, Mr. Franklin was correct. We must find a way to unite. To do otherwise will eventually mean the downfall of each of us and our way of life in this country and around the world.

I remain hopeful.

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Love & Blessed Be