Happy Sunday! We have a sunny one out my window. I’m procrastinating a bit on my cleaning and taking a moment to think a bit in words.
I’ve been thinking a lot about truth. It’s kind of funny that when I looked up the definition of truth the word true was used in the definition on the first place I looked. It made me think of porn. It’s one of those words that is hard to define but you know it when you see it. I did find on Merriam-Webster the definition that I was looking for. Truth: The body of real things, events and facts-actuality.
I like to think of truth as something that just is. There is no wiggle room. For example if you hadn’t seen Myles and I told you he is a neutered miniature black poodle. I am speaking truth. I know him. I’ve seen him and touched him. We could argue over whether he is a miniature poodle. I have evidence based on his AKC papers but I don’t have a DNA test so I would concede that by outward appearances he is a miniature poodle. I would stand firmly on the fact that he is black. I know that is true, one just has to see him to know he is not another color. I could stand even firmer on the fact that he is neutered. You’d just have to look to see what he has and doesn’t have to know that is a fact. It is pure truth.
In my example I mentioned if you hadn’t seen Myles and then I said if you looked at him. Notice how truth is so much easier to believe when we see it with our own eyes. When we touch it with our own hands. When it is concrete.
We’ve talked about perspective and how we each have our own. Perspective is easy. It’s how we view something. It’s our own. To us it is truth and it is fact. But still it is our truth, based on our perspective. We can look at the same thing and see something completely different.
To continue with our example. I have been asked what kind of doodle is Myles? He does look like a doodle when he’s fluffy. Doodles are very popular and more common than poodles at this point so the assumption is reasonable. But it is not truth. It may look like truth from the perspective of the person asking the question but it is not based on the AKC papers evidence.
Sometimes truth is painful. To continue my example if I had Myles DNA tested and I learned he was not a miniature poodle but in fact a strange monkey who walks on four legs and barks I’d be surprised and disappointed. First I paid a poodle breeder for a poodle. I was scammed. Second I’d be disappointed because owning monkeys is illegal in my state so Myles would have to go. Needless to say I’m not having Myles DNA tested, just in case.
I guess what I’ve come to realize is even when truth is there to see and touch some people can’t get beyond their perspective. It’s a self preservation method. I guess that’s why people talk about their truth and your truth. But then I really wonder if it’s truth at all.
Today I have put myself on house arrest and an doing a half day of forced labor. I’ll do the other half tomorrow. The kitchen is clean enough. I do have to scrub the sink and stovetop but I’ll wait until after dinner for those. The floor will to be washed but that’s for when everything else in all the rest of the first floor is done.
As you can see by the toy below the blasted open cabinet door, Myles has been assisting. He drags his toys into whatever room I’m working in, leaves them on the floor and then goes for a nap on the couch. He won’t even help with the dusting.
Back to the grind. I hope you’re enjoying your Saturday.
How about a quiz for this fine Friday. If you’d like to answer on your blog leave a link in the comments otherwise feel free to leave your answers.
- It’s April 16 and it is snowing outside. How is the weather out your window?
- I’ve been thinking about my next knitting project. I’m feeling the need to knit a sweater. What do you feel like making?
- I’ve been lazy with my baking this week after baking bread every few days for a couple of weeks. Have you been baking? Bonus points if you share a tasty recipe.
- Lately I’ve been craving fruit so I bought bananas, grapes and clementines. What have you been craving? Do you give in to your cravings?
- I still haven’t deeply cleaned my living room. I’ll be starting in on it this weekend. Do you spring clean? Are you someone who does a small amount of cleaning every day or do you do a large amount at one time? I do a mix of both and I’m more likely to spring clean than fall clean.
A week or so ago The Husband planted spinach in the raised garden table in the yard. I decided to start a control group in the house to see which would sprout faster and grow quicker. Well contrary to what the photo shows my black thumb (because it sure isn’t green) killed off the first sprout. So this is the second sprout which is about a day behind the ones in the yard. I’m sure I’ll kill this one off long before it’s ready for serving.
A few months back I took a detour with the blog here. I started talking about things I could see going on in the big world, not my tiny world that is usually showcased, that left me with questions. The reviews were mixed. A good number of those I considered friends left because they didn’t like what I said. Their choice, we still live in a free country as of this writing. The truths as I see them are more important to me. I will not entertain a lie just to retain a follower/friend, even if it is only I who view it as a lie.
Over time I’ve engaged with you about different big topics like coercive control, discernment, cognitive dissonance and influence just to name a few. I’ve really enjoyed the conversations we’ve had in the comments. I’ve learned that a number of us are seeing the same things and feeling similar feelings about those things. Perspective is a big topic and we have discussed that two or three times.
I’d like to go back and revisit something. Do you remember I talked about how we get our information? How if someone wants to control the narrative they can. Here is a link to what I wrote back in January. At that time I wanted you to see that just maybe the view you were being given wasn’t quite the reality. That reality didn’t fit their narrative.
Yesterday Project Veritas released videos of a CNN director. I found the conversation he had enlightening. Was he bragging? Was he truthful? I don’t have the answers to those questions but I do understand what he is saying. He is saying they made the choice to control the narrative to give a specific perspective to viewers. This is not reporting news. This is not how “the most trusted name in news” (their quote not mine) should behave. This is propaganda. This is a like kind contribution to the Democrat party.
Kindly remember before you ream me in the comments, these are my opinions. I don’t want any news organization favoring either political party. I want news to come from a fact based organization who lets me drawn my own conclusions.
Edited to add: A second video, part 2, has been added by Project Veritas. This one talks about “manipulating” to “change the world”. That sounds worse than part 1. News should never be used as way to manipulate people.
So I have been knitting in the evening. The days have been taken up by other things. Today our garage door is being replaced. The spring snapped in the fall and the garage has been off limits (there is no regular door just the big one). There is banging and all sorts of shuffling sounds. Myles is not amused.
I love knitting this pattern. I know I’ve knit one similar in the past. The multiple rows of garter stitch are a pleasure and it’s easy to keep track of which row is which all while being able to remember the pattern.
If you’ve been reading here recently you know I’ve talked a lot about the COVID vaccines. I want to share this article from CNBC. Due to blood clots the FDA has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Read the article for the details.
I planned to post something else today but I had errands to run first and didn’t want to rush a post. While on the way to the bank, mailbox and grocery store I turned on the radio. I have a few preset stations in the car and often flip through when I’m at a light to catch news or a weather report or find a good song.
I happened on a talk show host talking about what his family went through last week. His brother in law committed suicide. I stuck to that for the rest of my ride.
Suicide is particularly devastating to me. So much possibility lost. So many devastated people left in the wake. Ripples that spread not just today but into the future.
The current situation we are living in breeds depression and magnifies sadness and loneliness. As social animals we shouldn’t be staying apart. It goes against everything that is to be human. We are our brother’s keeper and if we aren’t reaching out to others how do we know they are struggling. Children specifically have a difficult time. They have lost the most and live more in the moment.
We need to reach out to others. We need to have difficult conversations about feelings and figure out what we can do to help those that are struggling. We have to be willing to reach out when we need help. We need to do better.
I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while. It’s a legal term that you’ve probably heard. I’m not a attorney and I don’t play one on TV but I’ve been giving informed consent my whole life.
Basically it means you’ve been given all the information, good and bad, and you agree to what was being done.
A really basic one is the ingredients section on the side of the box. Let’s say you pick up a package of M&M’s. If you’re allergic to peanuts and you eat from the yellow bag, you know, the peanut variety you had informed consent. The bag told you what was inside and you ate it anyway thereby making yourself suffer an allergic reaction.
Have you ever dropped your car off at the repair shop for an oil change and they call you 30 minutes later to tell you you need a new head gasket and that will be $1800 in labor and a full day of work because the engine has to be removed? You’ve been informed of the issue and they want your consent to do the job. Imagine them just doing the work and you being hit with the bill when you pick up your car.
Have you gone to the dentist for a cleaning and X-rays only to be told you need a $2500 crown and this is how they’ll do the work? The same informed consent.
Have you seen the drug ads on TV? The video shows the happy person with whatever their issue was solved by taking whatever the drug is. But towards the end after they have told you that this drug will fix your issue they list the possible side effects which always seem to include suicidal thoughts or death and tell you to discuss it with your doctor. That is so you will have information before you consent.
Have you been given information about the Covid vaccines? Do you know what is inside each one and how they’re different? Do you know the ingredients in vaccines? Have you been told about possible side effects and long term results? Do you know about the animal testing? Do you know if it was tested for your age range and personal health issues? Do you know when the trials end? Do you know if boosters will be required? Do you know that the vaccine manufacturers are immune to liability?All vaccine manufacturers in the US are for all vaccines. Damages are paid by the government with taxpayer money. Have you seen pros and cons of being vaccinated being discussed by medical professionals on TV? Do you feel like you’ve been informed enough to give your consent? If not ask your doctor these questions.
I’ve been making sure to knit a bit each night while catching up with TV shows we’ve dvred. This pattern is great for tv viewing. Most of it is the same two rows over and over and now and then a row of eyelets is thrown in. So easy and very soothing. The yarn is a pleasure too. A win all the way around.
I spent the early part of my day picking up a few things at the grocery store and swinging by the post office. Now I’ve got a little time before I’ve got to start dinner. I think I’ll do some catching up on the news. I hope you’re enjoying your Saturday.