Tiny (childish) minds…

…the opposite of critical thinking! 

There are two types of “critics” – those who offer critiques for the purpose of a constructive contribution to creation, AND, those who are just critical, for the purpose of tearing down.

How can those “who strain at gnats while swallowing a camel” (using too many, useless, empty, vain words, taking up time and space with a vacuous, vapid, void of nothing) ever be considered adult? Yet these are supposed to be “responsible journalists”, who expect to be respected!? (Go figure!) I mean, really?

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Critical Thinking!

Here is a lawyer who uses critical thinking all the time, as a result he always has something important and relevant to say, an example of how to use words constructively, even if some have accused him of using “too many”. I also appreciate his use of vocabulary and grammar, sadly lacking in many today due to the dumbing down of the populace (another topic for another day). The following two vids are completely relevant and can be learned from…

HOWEVER, here is how the usual suspects are misusing their positions of monopoly over who or what is “fake news”…

And one more from one of my favourite ladies as an example…

For fun, an example of……. Er, distraction is the only word I could think of 😄

But back to serious… (Note how the “social justice warriors” are EXPERTS at using too many words, words that actually contradict the “rights” that they claim for themselves, while denying others the same rights = “newspeak” as it is referred to in George Orwell’s book “1984”. “Newspeak” = the ABANDONING of critical thinking and just plain ol’ COMMON SENSE!)

And the issue?…(You have to watch to the end to get the headline’s meaning 😄 )

Conclusion? (Time to put your “critical thinking cap” on!)

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Too Many Words!

During the course of research into many of what I consider to be “important” issues and REAL news reports (NOT the “fake” kind) in order to keep myself and others informed, I have come to a simple conclusion…

There is too much talk, opinion, verbiage, analyzing, “commentary”, “fake” news, “news”, “documentaries”, innuendo, supposition, “what abouts/ifs”, “theories” (NOT the “conspiracy” kind), “polls”, “interviews”, “panel discussions”, etc, etc, ad infinitum, ad nauseum……….

It reminds me of the scripture “of the writing of many books the is no end”! Whew!

The driving force seems to the fulfillment of another scripture “the people seek a new (different) thing”, however, all that seems to be available is the same ol’ same ol’! “To keep repeating the same formula while expecting a different result is the ultimate in insanity!”

“Anybody can shoot his/her mouth off”, and just about every Tom, Dick or Harriet under the sun seems to be doing so these days, “but is he/she really saying anything?”.

Even the well-meaning, who I do appreciate by the way, feel the need to comment ON EVERYTHING on venues such as YouTube, etc, and there IS so much that deserves questioning and to be said, but with so much REPETITION on some topics there can be a temptation to just “switch off” after a while and thus the impetus is lost.

There is clearly a war of attrition going on between the forces of good, appearing to be in the minority, and the forces of evil, holding full sway “forever”. The truth is being drowned out in the fakestream media (the lie), for sure. So, I do not advocate silence by the few, not at all.

However, one of the fiercest advocates for truth against the lie, one of the most vehemently vocal, has been all but shut-down recently. In fact, for different reasons, TWO of the MOST outspoken people have been shut down and the rest are being systematically censored on the usual outlets, while the fakestream media, as well as the lying politicians and their banking and corporate overlords, continue to spew their BS and get away with it.

So, “what to do?”…

“‘Tiz a puzzlement!”

(More on this later methinks)

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What Drives You?

This fine item crossed my desk this morning…

What drives your life?

Knowing your purpose focuses your life. It concentrates your effort and energy on what’s important. Henry David Thoreau observed that people live lives of “quiet desperation,” but today a better description is “aimless distraction.” Many people are like gyroscopes, spinning around at a frantic pace but never going anywhere.

Without a clear purpose, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, or other externals—hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart. You think, Maybe this time it will be different, but it doesn’t solve your real problem—a lack of focus and purpose. …

There is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one lived with purpose. The men and women who have made the greatest difference in history were the most focused. For instance, the apostle Paul almost single-handedly spread Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. His secret was a focused life. He said, “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”

If you want your life to have impact, focus it! Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Prune away even the good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point?

George Bernard Shaw wrote, “This is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

Knowing your purpose also prepares you for eternity. Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth. They want to be remembered when they’re gone. Yet what ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life but what God says. What people fail to realize is that all achievements are eventually surpassed, records are broken, reputations fade, and tributes are forgotten. …

Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy. You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.—Excerpt from A Purpose-Driven Life, by Rick Warren

A great example…

In the months and even years leading up to this year’s Rio Olympics, much of the news about Michael Phelps was bad. In September of 2014, he was arrested for driving while under the influence in his hometown of Baltimore.

It seemed that Phelps’ best days, both in and out of the pool, were behind him.

But that’s not how it turned out, and I think you can guess why.

As you probably know, Phelps carried the American flag during the opening ceremonies on Friday, August 5. Then, as of this recording, he’s added three more gold medals to his impressive lifetime total, now numbering 21 [23 by the end of the Olympics].

To put it mildly, both of these were unlikely less than two years ago.

As Phelps told ESPN, following his announced retirement in 2012, he struggled to “figure out who he was outside the pool.” In his words, “I was a train wreck. I was like a time bomb, waiting to go off. I had no self-esteem, no self-worth. There were times where I didn’t want to be here. It was not good. I felt lost.”

Like a lot of people struggling with similar feelings, he self-medicated.

In the immediate aftermath of that DWI arrest, he cut himself off from family and other loved ones and “thought the world would just be better off without me. I figured that was the best thing to do—just end my life.”

That’s when a friend came to his rescue: former All Pro linebacker Ray Lewis, whom Phelps considers a kind of “older brother.” Seeing the hopelessness and despair in his young friend, Lewis, an outspoken Christian, told him, “This is when we fight. This is when real character shows up. Don’t shut down. If you shut down, we all lose.”

Lewis convinced Phelps to enter rehab and gave him a book to read while he was there: The Purpose-Driven Life by my friend Rick Warren.

The book changed Phelps’ life. Within a few days, Phelps called Lewis and told him, “Man, this book is crazy! The thing that’s going on … oh my gosh … my brain. I can’t thank you enough, man. You saved my life.”

As Phelps told ESPN, Rick Warren’s book “turned me into believing there is a power greater than myself and there is a purpose for me on this planet.”

The book, which tells readers that “relationships are always worth restoring,” also convinced Phelps to reconcile with his father from whom he had been estranged for more than two decades. Upon seeing each other, they embraced. …

Michael Phelps’ story is a reminder that no matter how big a mess your life may be, and no matter how dim the last embers of hope may glow, God is still there. It’s also a reminder of the role that God’s people are called to play as bringers of hope and agents of restoration.

The results may not be as dramatic as Phelps’ story, but they will matter every bit as much.—Eric Metaxas

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