Excuses for saying silent

The last eight years have been sad, disappointment but have brought home to me the reality of silence to horror, hate, bigotry, and ignorance of many people.  I have read during the holocaust period in Germany and how could so many Christian people stay silent.  Now I see it in my own time my life. 

 I first saw it from a person that I love, a young family member with small children.  On Facebook a post about how terrible that President Obama was at a school talking to children saying he was indoctrination them.  When I commented how great it was for a president to take his time to talk to young students and what a great example of we should love our country.  In response I got from many on this post was,  Obama is a niger,  you must be a niger lover,  profanity I will not use here.  That no president has every talked to students!  When I pointed out that Bush Jr was talking to students when he was informed about 911. THE WORST PART OF THIS.  I WAS THE ONLY ONE CONDEMNING THE POST AND COMMENTS.  NOT THEIR PARENTS.  



This week

On Facebook I have a friend that is a photographer.  That is what we have in common.  Admire each other’s work.  I have also noticed he is a pastor.  What caught my eye was a post he posted from brietbart news.  Brietbart is an altright neo nazi media.  They are condemn by many as antisemitism.  They also pass on or start conspiracy fake news.  I was amazed that a Christian pastor would read or use the garbage of hate fear bigotry.  He goes on the post as saying he voted for trump but does not agree with some of his views.  Then goes on for 2 paragraphs on why he could not vote for Clinton.  95% of his negative reasons were conspiracy.  Not actual reasons.  His followers and I guess some of his, congregation all condemn me.  For replying.  He told his congregation that reason he did not respond to me was I was trying to impress them how intelligent I was.  As a Christian I love my God’s word.  Love your neighbor as yourself  to help the poor. 

As a Christian we have an obligation to speak up.  As an American adult we have the responsibility to be educated and to speak up.  Slavery in the USA would never have been abolished, women’s rights,  would never been changed if people did not speak up against hate fear ignorance.  

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” King 

As we must account for every idle word, so we must for every idle silence.

Franklin.    

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything ― Albert Einstein

Trust and fake news (lies) 

We hear lot today about trust or lack of it. On social media conspriracy lies,  fake news or what I think should really be called is just lying. 

I hear many people say they don’t trust mainstream media. They don’t trust government.  Very little trust today in anything! I won’t go into all reasons for the lack of trust but why I don’t accept the notion of not trusting everything. 

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

Ernest Hemingway

I will use news for example. News is how we learn about the world around us. About how a war is going,  health epidemics, politics, business, and much more. How can you be educated or informed to make a decision if you don’t read, listen to others. I will often ask a person when they say they don’t trust the mainstream media I ask where do you get your information or news.  They will tell me often from Facebook.  Really!  

I trust mainstream media news.  There are several well respected responsible news that I rely on based on years of following.  Do they sometimes get a story wrong sure but they always do a retraction.  

I use my brain and make a decision based on my experience. My judgment.  That is wisdom. Do I sometimes question.  Sure! 

But to move away from responsible news to a person or website you know nothing about except they tell you what you want to hear is wrong and will lead to making bad or stupid decisions on ignorance of the facts. 

USA just elected a compulsive liar for president  He can’t tell the truth. Why do I say that because he will lie when there are real tapes, interviews he has done that proves he is a liar. His acceptance speech for his party that lasted just an hour he lied over 70 times according to fact checkers. He has said he viewed a video about a topic. When asked to verify the video or where it could be verified he has said he was mistaken. Lies 

But who is at fault here for electing him! The people that voted for him. The responsible news media pointed out the lies. Crazy fake news (liars)  had stories about the other candidate that could not be proven. I saw many Facebook post that people believed the lies and passed them along.

Ignorance  

 The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

Isaac Asimov


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