The Truth Matters, and the Methods to Recognize It (Commentary)
As various editorials illustrate, the past few years have been filled with heated “discussions” on “political issues.” No matter what opinion is expressed, there is always a contrary opinion. Everyone involved has a source supporting their position on the issue of the day. The terms used during these “discussions” will often have a different meaning depending on each person’s point of view. This results in a communication breakdown, as the participants do not even speak the same language. These “discussions” often lead to vitriol where barriers are created and no semblance of mutual understanding can be found. The resulting polarization leads everyone to retreat to their respective corners where they find solace in other people who share their beliefs. All of this is fueled by the social media dominated world we live in.
How do you find common ground and take a positive path if differences cannot be discussed, let alone resolved? It is only by finding the truth, acknowledging the truth, and accepting the truth that we will begin to solve the myriad of critical issues facing us in the world today. This does not mean that even when we all agree on the facts, everyone will agree on the solution to every problem. There may still be different opinions but at least we will speak the same language and we will be able to communicate.
“Speaking the truth is the very essence of leadership. If you have integrity, nothing else matters, and if you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters. — Alan Simpson, Republican Senator representing Wyoming, 1979-1999.