I want to start my own town. Is that weird? Probably.
I want to create an intentional community. A community of people with common beliefs. Common goals.
I want to live around people with the same values as me. People who will help me be better.
I want my kids to be around other kids who will influence them for good. Who won’t try to get them to smoke or drink or watch porn.
This community would start online. Then we would create it in the real world. We would buy a few square miles in a rural area. People from our online community would settle there.
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.