It is difficult to embrace truth we dislike. Humanity has always been that way, but perhaps now it is worse than ever. With twenty-four hour cable news, the Internet and social media, we are on information overload. We are not starved for information, but often lack wisdom in processing what is true and what is false. It is no wonder that we tend to reject out of hand those perspectives, those opinions we don’t like. Instead of considering that we might be wrong, we simply dismiss it as fake news. We are often tempted to judge the truth of something by whether or not it appeals to us.
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)