Seeking Truth in a Fake News World
In today’s world, we hear, see and read a lot of material. How do you know what is true and what is false? How do you go about seeking truth? Sensationalism, fear, and emotions often overrun facts. We must repeatedly ask: “What is real, and what is fiction?” There are ways to discern truth and lies. One is to read as much as we can, see as much as we can, ask questions of several sources, check out your doubts and then use common sense to gauge the truth.
We are all in the same situation. Here are two tests that we use to try and seek truth:
- Be knowledgeable about a wide variety of issues. This way, you’ll have some basis for making an informed decision. Informed decisions come from learning and experience.
- Talk to and trust other individuals you respect, those who have greater or different experiences and whose opinions you value. There is nothing wrong with reaching out to others to gain a varying point of view or test an assumption on a matter.
What we must not do is support, advocate or espouse some idea or belief about which we lack knowledge or understanding. It is far better to state, “I don’t know, but I’ll find out” than to support a position that could be false.
At the end of the day, be a part of the solution, not the problem. Help others seek the truth.