- Your call is important to us.
- You can lose all the weight you want with no exercise and no dieting!
- (internal voice speaking) I've got the answer, so all these other people must be wrong. Besides, they talk funny and they dress funny and they eat weird things for dinner.
- I LOVE your (dreadful) haircut.
- Jesus wants you to be rich.
- Please take this internet poll; your opinion is crucial!
- I believe in everyone pulling himself up by the bootstraps (even if he doesn't have boots).
- Of course you don't look fat in that outfit.
- Easy credit terms available.
- The good Lord never gives us more than we can handle.
- I'm entitled to a happy, comfortable life; I've earned it.
- This won't hurt a bit.
- I love the sinner, I just hate the sin.
- I know just how you feel.
- This product will render you happy/healthy/irresistible for the low, low price of $19.95/month.
So, how do we recognize Truth?
- It probably won't fit on a bumper sticker.
- It's not available for purchase.
- It may not make us feel safer.
- It will ask something of us, and may well be inconvenient.
- No one holds all of it; the more we listen to one another, the more facets of it we will understand.
- It will point us toward love and justice, if we're willing.
- If we're truly listening, it will sing quietly in our inmost soul.
- It will give us moments of deep peace and rest, if we manage to honor it.
So how, then, are we so often seduced? Are the demigods of security, greed, sloth, & ego really so powerful that we'll willingly bow down to them instead of locking arms and pointing ourselves toward faith, hope and love?
Our national conversation seems to be mostly geared toward the least common denominator of humanity. Mud is flung...epithets and half-truths and easy answers. Small, tasty fictions that somehow never quite make it to the remainder table.
Is it possible that, instead, we could each nurture a small groundswell of honesty, faith, hope, and love? What if we went on The Patch for our addiction to pretty fictions?
What would happen if we tried?
Just askin'. :-)