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Critical Thought Exercise: Learn to Set Aside Discomfort to Discover Reality

People use words and phrases to persuade us, not with the truth, but with feeling comfortable. If it sounds good, we want to believe it. As long as what gets said doesn’t fall in to the “too good to be true” category, alarms do not go off, and words lull us down the path laid out for us.

 

Let me give you a small example of what I mean so that you can try to be on the lookout for it in the big scale. Think of this as another critical thought exercise.

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The Power of One Knee

Kneeling on one knee changed everything. Kneeling like that for about a minute-and-a-half, the average time it takes to perform the national anthem, ended Colin Kaepernick’s career. Kneeling like that for close to nine minutes ended George Floyd’s life. Both times that knee bent because of our society’s deep-seated racism. The results shame this nation’s white majority.

 

Kneeling for nine minutes changed me too, hopefully for the better.

 

Warning: Post Contains a Disturbing Image

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Work to Honor the Self-Evident Truths

Today is July 4th, the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In it, the colonies that would become the United States of America laid out why they felt impelled to rebel against Great Britain and form their own nation.  According to that document, the rebellion, and thus the basis for the existence of the United States, rests foremost upon the recognition that there are self-evident truths about human existence: rights to life, liberty, and happiness that no human authority can or should deny.

 

America was founded on principles to which it has always had difficulty living up.

 

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