Question authority

Don’t believe everything you hear.

Even if it’s on the news.

Even if it comes from an “authority.”

“Authorities” are just people.  With their own ideas.  Their own flaws.

Their own agenda.

How did this person get the authority they claim?

Some people have authority from God.  God doesn’t give his authority to just anyone.  If an authority in the Church tells me something I believe it, unless I have a good reason not to.

Is this person an elected official?  In my mind that gives them some legitimate claim to authority.  I’m more skeptical of them, though.

Is this person an unelected bureaucrat?  I may listen to what they have to say, but I won’t necessarily believe it.

Do they represent a large corporation?  I’ll hear them out, but I know they’re trying to make their corporation look good.

Are they a teacher?  Who taught them?  Where did they get their information?  Did they do their own research, or are they just regurgitating what’s in the textbook?  What are their biases?

Is this a TV news anchor?  Next, please.

Always maintain a healthy dose of skepticism.

Find your voice

People are afraid to speak up.

To let others know what they think.  What they believe.

Afraid to let others see who they really are.

They’re ashamed.

They don’t feel good enough.

That was me.  I was afraid.  I thought I’d lose all my friends.  No one would ever want to talk to me again.

But I knew something had to change.

I spoke up (so to speak).

I’m a very flawed human being.

That’s okay.

Everyone else is flawed, too.

Tell your story.

Let people see the real you.

That’s how people connect.  At least, I think that’s how it works.

I’m not an expert.  I’m just a guy with a blog.

But it’s helped me.

Open-minded

I’m emptying my cup.

Sometimes it’s scary.

Sometimes things you’ve believed your whole life turn out not to be true.

Sometimes people you thought were untrustworthy are the ones telling the truth.

It’s important to consider that you might be wrong.

That the other person might be right.

To weigh all sides before reaching a decision.

Sometimes the crazy person’s argument makes the most sense.

Sometimes truth comes from unexpected places.

Be open to it.

What happened to listening?

It’s ridiculous.

People demonize others.

Who don’t believe the same things.

Who don’t like the same things.

What happened to listening?

What happened to understanding?

Does liking a different sports team mean someone is bad?

Do different beliefs about the origin of the universe mean someone is an idiot?

“Divide” is the first part of “Divide and Conquer.”  There’s a reason for that.

United we stand, divided we fall.