LC’s Commentary

Listen To The Voice of Reason

Tell the truth

 Conservative Talk Radio (CTR) and Fox New Network (FNN) have several characteristics in common. One of the most obvious characteristics is the liberty taken with what each call truth, fairness and balance. Callers to these outlets pile all kinds of accolades on the outlets and their mouthpieces, expressing their gratitude for finally getting outlets that presents fair and balance news. How in the world can a sane individual listen to either of these outlets for any length of time on any subject matter, especially political matters and come away thinking I heard both sides of the argument. Have we arrived at a point in this nation where truth really does not matter anymore, and we would rather spend our time searching for anything or anyone that supports our prejudices. Are we so set in our way of seeing things that we are not willing to listen to anyone that might present something that might cause us to think and behave differently? Someone said ignorance is bliss. Is this what the individual was talking about? Do many people enjoy being ignorant? When one listens to CTR and FNN and gets a sampling of how people who listen to these outlets think, one has to believe something is badly wrong with the way many of them think. Somewhere along the way, their sense of logic, and rational thinking was lost. Some who call are begging for truth, yet are not willing to turn away from the outlets that feed them half-truths and personal opinions based on what is generally referred to as Conservative values. Those whose minds demand a steady diet of CTR and FNN rhetoric reminds me of crack addicts. They know what they are ingesting is not good for them, but are hooked on it and do not have the will power to turn away from it. As with crack addicts, there is a rush. However, when the rush is over, both are right back where they started. They have the same problems, and are no closer to resolving them. Both have less money, because both dealers have to be paid. Crack dealers wares are harmful to the individual. CTR and FNN wares are just as harmful-maybe more harmful, because it is legal and millions has access to it 24 hours per day. One has to search extremely hard to find viable reasons why people are hooked on CTR and FNN. Henri Frederic Amiel 1821-1881, Swiss poet, philosopher may have pinpointed the reason. He penned the following (1) Man defends himself as much as he can against truth, as a child does against medicine…the liking for the false has several causes: the inheritance of prejudices, which produces an unconscious habit, a slavery. The predominance of the imagination over reason, which affects understanding. The predominance of passions over the conscience, which depraves the heart. The predominance of the will over the intelligence, which vitiates the character. A lively disinterested, persistent liking for truth is extraordinarily rare. Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not to be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism and doubt. (1)From the private journal of Henri Frederic Amiel.


October 19, 2010 - Posted by | Conservative Talk Radio, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh

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