A Truthful Answer

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

― John F. Kennedy

Ask anyone about any subject and they are sure to answer.

And their answer is unlikely to be, “I don’t know”.

Any answer that isn’t based on their own personal knowledge and experience is merely opinion.

And if their opinion agrees with yours, then what you think must be true, and if enough people agree it is so, it must be fact, and therefore anyone else that disagrees must be wrong.

Whence religion and politics, inquisitions and wars, friendships lost.

Better that people just restrict their answers to what they do know and keep their own opinions to themselves?

If I follow that advice, how do I explain why I cite the opinions of others, and my own opinion of what they’ve said, in these Quotes and Thoughts? 

Am I truly giving thought to opinion, trying to discern truth from lie, truth from myth?

Or am I really looking for and finding in what others say an affirmation of what I already think is the truth?

 I don’t know.

And that’s no lie.

– Bill


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