I’m the odd-man out you might say, given that I don’t parrot rhetoric or express my opinions to gain or keep friends or win over people to effect change. I seek truth, so when I find it, I publicize it, mostly in writing.
I am more of a polemicist than an apologist, given that I tend to point out the absurdity of foolish notions more than I present the merits of sound ones. I understand that wisdom is known by her children; therefore, I don’t suffer fools well for they mock wisdom and hate knowledge.
I know that a fool can be beaten half to death, and still not have the foolishness beaten out of him, so I avoid engaging fools in serious conversations.
Through the years, I have discovered that truth is wasted on fools. My time trying to reason with fools has proved fruitless and wasteful; the time could have been better spent conversing with people who have open minds and want to learn. Fools never learn because the truth offends them.
When it comes to matters pertaining to my God, my country, and my family, I will not ignore, compromise, or water-down what is true for the sake of a friendship. Although friendship is important, it comes after those three.
As for keeping friends, if a friend is offended by the truth I write on an important matter, he can either accept the truth, or get over being offended for friendship’s sake. If my friend remains adamant in demanding an apology for the truth that hurt his feelings, not only won’t he receive an apology, he will also lose my friendship.
People often defer to paternal wisdom to make a case, and I will do so as well. My Dad always told me that I could count my friends on my right hand and still have fingers left. The school of hard knocks has taught me the precision of his words.
I’m not sure if this saying still holds true, but Abraham Lincoln said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
I don’t write to win friends or influence people, I write to put truth out there, chips fall where they may.
NOTE: I no longer submit my commentaries and news items for publication by the gatekeepers American Thinker, WorldNetDaily, Canada Free Press, American Daughter, and Liberty Juice. That means my writings appear only at The Millstone Diaries, unless you post them, link to them, or pass them along.
Without your help, I make the sound of one hand clapping.