Saturday, January 28, 2017

Public Opinion & #AlternativeFacts

"Lies, damned lies, and statistics"

It seems we now live in a time where truth is manipulated.  Where lies and falsehoods are called alternative truths.

We live in a time of babel...

Babel means the inversion of language, verbal inflation, libel, rumor, euphemism and coded phrases, rhetorical wantonness, redundancy, hyperbole, such profusion in speech and sound that comprehension is impaired, nonsense, sophistry, jargon, noise, incoherence, a chaos of voices and tongues, falsehood, blasphemy... Essentially, babel targets the faculties of comprehension--sanity and conscience... (William Stringfellow)

So how do we pray against such influence? Here is a start:

Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP)

Wise, sound and righteous...

Is what is being reported helping to make us wise, make our minds sound and our wills righteous? or is it just babel?  Questions to ask...

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