The Plague of Pietism #3
Speaking Your Truth

A couple of phrases have arisen of late within modern pop culture and political discourse. Those phrases are “speaking your truth” and “speaking truth to power.” So let’s dig into the concept of “truth” and see what we discover.

Objective Truth

The subtitle here is actually repetitively redundant.

Truth IS objective.

There is no “my” truth or “your” truth, only “the” truth, period. Truth is not subject to personal preferences, desires, needs, frame-of-reference, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, family history, genetics, skin color, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, or any other of a host of internal or external factors.

Truth simply is.
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Speaking Your Truth”

Racism

For those of you who haven’t read my bio here at Miscellaneous Ramblings, I was born in El Paso, Texas, in addition to my mother, her sister, and my half-sister. I spent my childhood and tween years there departing for Northern California with my parents as an early teenager. I later returned as an adult after I was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1975, spending the next 4 years there before heading back west to Norcal.

Just prior to my leaving El Paso that final time, I lived in the Cielo Vista Apartments complex immediately next door to Cielo Vista Mall where the recent mass shooting took place. I’ve lost count of the hours I’ve spent in that mall, especially at a location of the now-defunct Farrell’s ice cream parlor chain.

I think it safe to say my roots run deep in the the Pass of the North, so this recent mass shooting there hit really close to home for me.
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The Plague of Pietism #2:
Secular Humanism & Postmodernism

What is Secular Humanism?

Point of fact: secular humanism is a religion in its own right.

Surprised?

I was, too, when I stumbled across an article mentioning how the United States Supreme Court had declared it as such in the 1961 case of Torcaso v. Watkins (367 U.S. 488).

“Man is the measure of himself” as expressed visually in Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is their creed and motto (see the entire Star Trek franchise for a vivid portrayal of this philosophy in action within in a fantasy world having no basis in reality).

So what are the tenets of this religion?
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Secular Humanism & Postmodernism”