Perception, Deduction and the Comprehension of Truth

No one can say absolutely that there is no absolute truth. Likewise, there are none who can say they know the entirety of truth absolutely. That which is real and true cannot be comprehended directly it must be interpreted from our perceptions. It is as if we can only perceive reality through a filter that refracts, colors and obscures.

Sacrificing the Common Ground

During the recent elections, the topic of abortion came up, but not framed in the typical pro-life vs. pro-choice categories. This time it was framed as the condoning or condemning of rape. One politian’s remarks about whether he supports abortion in the context of rape became framed as the condoning of rape and using his spirituality to do so. From the sound bite I heard, this seems incredibly unfair. He seemed to be commenting that God willed the life of the child, not the rape. It is unfortunate how the way we frame an argument can actually create more conflict and reduce the chances for agreement, especially in this case, when the fundamental question is “When does life begin?”

Lost in Translation

When you think about it, communication is an incredibly difficult thing to accomplish. In each conversation, the participants must answer numerous questions, such as: What words were used? Why is that significant? What do those words mean to the one to used them? What do they mean to me? What was explicitly stated? What was …