Truth Isn’t Always Self-Evident


This is an exercise in reasoning.

It might be a little hard to grasp at first but bear with me.
It may seem improbable, but it is possible for one’s pea-picking brain to hold two truths in one’s head at one time.
For instance, “It is snowing in Oregon tonight.” And, “Georgia peaches are the best. Wish I had me some.”
The one thought is independent of the other. But thinking about peaches doesn’t mean that I can’t also recognize that it is snowing outside.

In the same fashion, we can say, “Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 Election, in part, because millions of voters weren’t motivated to vote at all. They were loathe to elect her.” 

And: “American Intelligence officials have confirmed that they have proof that Russia interfered with the Election of 2016 and that they had a clear favorite -Donald Trump. Senators from both sides of the aisles are alarmed by these findings.”

See how that works?

It can be true that Hillary Clinton lost because people weren’t motivated enough to get out and vote for her.

Meanwhile, it can also be true that the CIA really does have proof that Russia hacked into US Elections for the first time in history, and that for some reasons, yet unknown to American Citizens, Russia wanted Trump to win.

The two things can be true and be totally independent of each other.

Life isn’t always an either or problem. Sometimes it’s an addition problem. 
If we dismiss these warnings from American Intelligence Services, we do so to our own peril.

The fight is no longer about GOP and Dems. It is no longer about Trump and Hillary.

It is about Russia and the US.

Got it?

If you want to still be around to enjoy those Georgia peaches this summer while thinking about the snows of Oregon, you best be sure of who side you really are on – Russia or the US?

 Because as long as you keep acting like you can only hold one truth in your head at a time, you will likely never see what’s coming.

“There I was, Bertha, in my kitchen peeling onions, thinking about how good it felt to see all those young girls crying, when the doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting nobody. I never seen it coming. I thought it might be the UPS man, it being the holidays and all. So I was looking down when I opened the door. All I saw were six pair of shiny black boots. They didn’t even give me time to turn off the stove, grab a coat or kennel the dog. They took me away right then. I never saw it coming.”

“Me, neither,” Bertha said, shaking her bald head. “I wish I’d paid closer attention. All this time I thought Trump was the one I had to worry about.”

“Yeah, I know what you mean. And I thought it was Hillary. Turns out we was both wrong, Bertha.”

 “Scooch over here a little closer, would you, Sugah? I hate the cold worse than I hate the starvation.”

 “Will you sing to me again if I do?”

 “America, America, God shed his grace on thee and crowned thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea…”

Call or Write your Legislators and tell them you want a full bi-partisan inquiry into Russia’s interference of the 2016 Election. Do it. For all our sakes. This is our country.

Karen Spears Zacharias

Author/Journalist/Educator. Gold Star Daughter.

1 Comment


about 7 years ago

During my nine years of ministry among folks who were unhoused and dealing with various combinations of substance use and mental health conditions, I listened to many hours of conversations. Some of which I dearly wish I had been able to record and replay. Most of it was very creative and inventive. Most folks were very articulate, had quite good vocabularies and spoke in very well constructed sentences. Yet I knew in my heart of hearts that what W. said she had seen on the bus that day or what V. said had gone on inside XYZ Church that morning was almost entirely fictional. Given the opportunity, they could go on almost endlessly. This was an early insight for me into the mind of an extremely 'ad hoc' person, as I call it. Almost none of their experience was "real", but it was the reality in which they lived. They would sacrifice nearly everything they had to maintain that reality--until they chose to change it without apparent cause. We have such a mind in Donald J. Trump. President-elect Trump... Those three words should chill us indeed. I recently wrote a friend that DJT has vulnerabilities broad enough to sail the Titanic through sideways. Vladimir Putin is already doing that and will exploit them almost without restraint. We have no idea what really makes up DJT's empire and web of business and financial deal making. We refuse to take a hard, critical look at DJT's mind--because he is like W. and V. who can't stop spewing. He constantly crushes our attention span and throws a tantrum of unreality whenever necessary. Leadership and self-discipline??? Or mania??? It's one thing for us citizens to ask questions and be refused answers. It's another to look the other way and refuse to ask.


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