News Briefs 02-08-2017

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Quote of the Day:

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: At the first gate, ask yourself “Is is true?” At the second gate ask, “Is it necessary?” At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?

Anon

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Charles Pope's picture
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In other words, "before you speak ... ask yourself if it would not be better just to allow others to continue in their lies." -Alas

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Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: At the first gate, ask yourself “Is it true?” At the second gate ask, “Is it necessary?” At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?" - Anon

That is profoundly useful. Wish I'd known about the "gates" the past sixty years. HA!

Thanks...

When I read it I went into deep pause, then my internal "Rules Lawyer" fired up trying to find the loopholes that would let me kibitz anyway. "Is it 'kind' to let people stay ignorant?"

That's when I flashed on all the times that I spoke "truth" and the backlash from the person, defending their bizarre religious* beliefs**, made it clear to my "Rules Lawyer" that "I" was the one that I need to be kind to, and not trigger a food fight.

My tagline is:

"Helping people accept the things they cannot change."

The tagline applies to myself as well. Thus, when “Is it kind?" comes up, I need to consider myself first.

BTW, I am considered a "fringe" person even among the fringe groups because I was unaware that there even was a "first gate" much less the other two.

The fact that there are three "gates", that I blithely walk through them unaware of their existence, explains the extreme response I get from people. I violated their territory without realizing it. No wonder they got upset.

* I see any "Rules Based" system as a "Religion" that would fall apart if those unexamined "Rules" are examined. That includes consensus science, consensus history, modern atheism, etc..., not just what the consensus calls a "religion". You can imagine the flame wars I accidentally start by only walking through the first gate “Is it true?” without realizing that there was a gate in the first place.

** The word "belief" was corrupted at the end of the 18th century. The original use of the word was associated with "work". "I believe in your project and will work to make it happen."

There was a war of words, and "belief" was corrupted to win arguments. Now most people live by the corrupt form of "belief". I will point out something to a person that goes against their consensus beliefs and they will say with a sneer, "Oh, you believe that?" That's when I point out that "belief" is not science. When they keep asking, "Do you believe that?" I point out:

- At the center of every beLIEf is a "lie". At the heart of every beLIEver is a "lie". I'm not interested in "lies".

None of the people who argue, using the corrupt form of "belief", can ever change their thinking because they are unwilling to "work" to make anything happen. They cannot "believe" in something to do the work, and thus nothing gets done.