I pondered what it is to really think through a concept well and thought of the various ideas and clichés I have heard over the years regarding what this process looks like. It might be to question everything or to consider the past history of the source for context. Maybe it’s to systematically work through a series of “if this, than that” actions and reactions that leads you to your conclusion. No matter the process, they all fall short unless the thinker has a foundation of truth.
The easiest way to recognize a counterfeit is to know the original well. Similarly, if we as men want to be able to think through questionable ideas we are presented with, we need to be grounded in truth. There is no greater source of truth than the Bible, both for Christian and non-Christian alike. It is filled with eternal wisdom that people will spend a lifetime learning.
Having a foundation of truth takes time and effort to build . The inexperience of young people are the general target of emotional pandering. Marxists have always known this and have targeted the young and impressionable for their idiocy. Lies are told and the good ones sound reasonable and have aspects of truth mixed in. Not all fall for it, but too many do.
So how does someone become a person who can discern if a concept is truth or if it is falsehood? It starts with understanding that comes from seeking and applying knowledge. Start with truth and then compare. It can be easier to identify the principle being conveyed in a statement because it cuts through the clutter of fancy language and circular reasoning. A recent example is a COVID headline from a month or two ago. The first part of the headline was that new variants of COVID exist due to mutation. This is to be expected as it is common for viruses to mutate. The news porn was in the second part of the headline which was that scientists worry that variants might be more deadly that the original strain. The headline was purporting that the mutations could make the virus more dangerous which, while theoretically possible, is not readily seen. In genetics, mutations tend to be neutral changes or weaken the organism (sorry X-man fans) so the headline was designed to stoke irrational fear.
And since this blog is devoted to the truth about men and women, here are a couple of easy examples from a biblical standpoint. The Bible says that sex outside of marriage is sin, and so we should remain chaste before marriage. In today’s world we are bombarded with messages that sex outside of marriage is good as long as you love the person or that you have to sow your wild oats to know what you really like. What we know is that a woman’s N count increases the chance for marital problems and divorce. Since the family is the building block of society think of the damage this does. Proverbs 21 tells us that it is better to live on the corner of the roof or in the desert than in the house with a contentious wife. Yet feminism promotes the contentious, argumentative, masculine, careerist woman as the model for what is good. There are growing numbers of women with mental disorders and women who who experience the disappointment of not realizing their desire to be mothers. While on the other hand, the meek, kind and nurturing woman is ridiculed as being “just” a housewife even though she is exhibiting those traits that throughout history men desired in a wife.