I’m swimming in thought after listening to some of the swirling conspiratorial notions about the genesis of COVID-19. I’m writing this because people I love are suffering economic upheaval amid disquieting health concerns, and I’ve got a lot of time on my hands.

It is no mystery that we live in a world of the political. We tend to believe what we want to believe, and it’s very hard to change our minds…much like wresting a meaty bone from a hungry dog.

We are what we devour, shaped and emboldened by the philosophical leanings of the people with whom we cluster, the media we watch and what we read. Still, no matter how brilliantly information is imparted, the underlying question of accuracy and source voracity is always at play. We live in a digital realm of “smoke and mirrors” where rhetoric has become an art form, and I think the term, “informed decision” has become a bit illusory.

Partisans of all flavors enjoy the lawyer-like presentation and maneuvering skills of their own ideological messengers. But meanwhile… there are some just trying to sort through and discern the flood of information rushing at them, while trying to put food on the table for their families.

As much as we may intend to keep an open mind, it’s not always easy, but we must keep trying no matter the difficulty….even when it would be easier to throw everyone and every issue into big categorical baskets to which we agree or dismiss…and return to the Pavlovian comfort of gnawing on that tasty bone.

In all of this I need wisdom and counsel..and not from pundits, for these are spiritual matters… every inch of my life is a spiritual matter.  So I go to my source, my compass and guide.

The scripture says I should think on these things….whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, anything of excellence or worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8)

That’s some pretty good stuff to chew on.

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