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Delighting in my God, I desire to dwell in His pleasure and to help others experience true delight.

"Delight Yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your judgment as the noonday.  
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;..." Ps 37:4-7a

Monday, April 7, 2014

F is for Find Out

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“So how do you know that?” 

“Well, it’s common knowledge.  Doesn’t everyone know it?”  I answered, surprised at the question.

“Well, I didn’t know that and I go there all the time.  In fact I have no recollection of that ever being the case.” 

I thought about that.  “Maybe I’m remembering wrong, but I don’t think so.  I’ll check it out and let you know what I find out.” 

His honest, non-threatening question made me wonder.  Was I taking too much for granted?  I needed to find out the truth.

After doing a little research I found out that my information, though technically accurate, was really inconsequential in its scope.  In other words, it wasn’t worth acknowledging or acting upon.  So the stress I put on my supposed “common knowledge” that made my friend ask the question, WAS really in error. 

How much do I believe, talk about, act upon without really understanding the ins and outs?  How much do I pass along without finding out the real deal? 

I’ve been paying more attention to those things, those ideas that I have accepted without giving it a second thought.  I’m trying to listen for those underlying assumptions to which I blindly acquiesce.  Our culture is filled with all kinds of ideas we operate on or agree to because they sound good or because someone we think we can trust said it.  However, with a little reasoning or research we might just see them fall apart.  


What 'common knowledge' are you accepting that may be based in error?  What ideas are you holding onto that have just enough verisimilitude to be convincing, but lead you to wrong conclusions?

I am grateful my friend asked that simple question, “How do you know that?” to prompt me to find out the truth.


A to Z Challenge
Dedicated to my friend Dick V.

6 comments:

  1. I spend so much time doing research, only to find I didn't actually use it in my writings, but you never know when a snippet will find its way in somewhere else... At the very least, it makes you an interesting person to talk to at events.

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  2. There you go. Talking about what you know is better than opening it about what you don't. Thanks for stopping by. Maria

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  3. Great post!

    Beth
    http://bethlapinsatozblog.wordpress.com/

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  4. Hmmm. I'll have to think about that one...What DO I believe is "common knowledge" that just may not be? You are giving me lots of food for thought! Gail

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  5. Thanks for the awesome compliment on my writing, Maria. I like yours as well. This reminds me of what Saint Paul says, the passage that ends with, "For the present form of this world is passing away." Great work.

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