This age is referred to as a “post truth world.” In 2016, post-truth was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the Year.
According to Wikipedia, “Post-truth politics (also called post-factual politics and post-reality politics is a political culture in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking-points to which factual rebuttals are ignored. “
Especially in politics and in the media, deception is becoming more prevalent. The mains-stream media appears to be more concerned with propagating their agenda and steering the society to the direction they prefer than to pursue truth.
And “post truth” is not only a descriptive for the media but for us. We put so much effort not to hurt the other’s feelings at the cost of not talking the truth to each other. The popular opinion is that truth is relative and not absolute and accordingly we can believe anything we want. Have we as people lost the courage to pursue the truth? I believe that there is an absolute truth and without the truth, we will ultimately perish.
When I observe the issues that are controversial in this society such as COVID, BLM, and this election, I feel stronger that pursuit of truth must not be abandoned. It’s easy to go with the flow, but it is a dangerous path. The Soviet Union under Stalin, China under Mao, Germany under Hitler are examples we need to learn from.
As a Christian, I am learning that Truth without grace will not prevail. We can be like the Pharisees who persecuted Jesus.
So, I support this election to be thoroughly investigated and a sound decision under our constitution to be applied. I pray that whatever the result may be, there will be civility and humility on both sides so that this country and the people will pursue and stand by the truth, and not be people herded by the media and emotions. At the same time, I pray that the truth will make us humble and give us life. I pray that unity will conquer strife.
It seems so hard, but with God, nothing is impossible!