28 September 2012

Accurate or Not?

If written, then it must be regarded as true and implicitly believed. So many fall into this dangerous trap. On a secular level such naiveté is in evidence every day. So much 'stuff' is repeatedly forwarded in email notes and innocently ... or vindictively ... sent on its merry way.

Please don't get me wrong. I, all too often, fall among the guilty. I make an effort check one of the urban legends reference pages sites, e.g., snopes.com, and sometimes even go further.

Snopes, with excessively high regard of its own importance, can be, and has been found putting its own spin on published information.

Such is especially true with regard to religious fundamentalists. Biblical writings are infamously quoted, usually out of context, to suit the purposes of speakers and writers.

A good fundamental principle is to often ask 'why?' or 'why not?' Attributed to Benjamin Franklin is this statement which is applicable across the board:
To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.

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