Some thoughts, and Hifler.
Good Morning Sunshine! Otto Von Bismark, Mark Twain, Hifler and me!
“Otto von Bismark once said that “If you want to fool the world, tell the truth.” And, sadly it is true that some can accept a “shaped” story a lot quicker than they can accept the less exciting but honest truth.”
“Mark Twain thought some people did not deserve to hear the truth. Warped attitudes insist on others whitewashing the facts to keep peace at any price. And maybe we are all guilty of backing one another into a corner and daring each other to tell the truth. Making someone’s story conform to what we already think is not rare. Truth is rare and not simple, but worth it when we are strong enough to use it.” So well said! Again! I am starting my own thoughts off with Joyce Hifler. This is from her book Pathways, page 18.
So, you might ask who is Otto Von Bismark. I did to learn the following, there is a book about hims, maybe more. “Otto, Prince of Bismarck, Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen, Duke of Lauenburg , born Junker Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, was a conservative German statesman, diplomat, and writer. Bismarck masterminded the unification of Germany in 1871 and served as its first chancellor
until 1890, in which capacity he dominated European affairs for two decades. He had served as the chancellor of the North German Confederation from 1867 to 1871 and alongside the office of chancellor of Germany, he was Prussia’s minister president and the minister of Foreign Affairs from 1862 to 1890. Before his rise to the executive power, Bismarck was the Prussian ambassador to France and Russia and served in both houses of the Prussian Parliament. He cooperated with King Wilhelm I of Prussia to unify the various German states, a partnership that would last for the rest of Wilhelm’s life. King Wilhelm granted Chancellor Bismarck the titles of Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen in 1865 and Prince of Bismarck. in 1871. Bismarck provoked three short, decisive wars against Denmark, Austria, and France. Following the victory against Austria, he abolished the supranational German Confederation and instead formed the North German Confederation as the first German national state, aligning the smaller North German states behind Prussia, and excluding Austria. Receiving the support of the independent South German states in the Confederation’s defeat of France, he formed the German Empire which also excluded Austria – and united Germany.” So, one very busy man! And a well-educated one I would say, certainly with incites to human beings. Now, also a new curiosity for me. Most of us know of Mark Twain I will wager.
It is true that some people don’t believe truth, and some others make things up and come to believe their own myths. I see this as lying and dislike being lied to because the idea is that what we are told is reliable, something we can count on being true. Because this I what we store as our own truest reality. That is why lies hurt when we learn the difference. We file away what we learn as truth so we can depend on it. We have whole conversations to get at the truth. Time has been spent, and so anger at lies is justifiable.
I personally “play baseball” (mostly and when it seems clear to me I am in the right ball park.) If I respond to something, I figure the ears on the side of people’s heads should work, mine does. So,___I respond. Or tell them something according to what I know. If it comes round again I will be a bit more elaborate with what I say. I feel a third time seems a bit much, so if I come across as being cross which is not my demeanor____then, if I should someone deserved “it” to some degree. I am a “measured person” meaning I will let others learn their own life lessons, and simply listen to their thoughts. I ran across a great written piece about the act of doing this once. Wish I recalled it. I think what made me react to people as I do, is the older folks always said, “If you give someone rope enough, they will hang themselves. You won’t have to!” LOL In that I learned to have patience and watch others with what they put out. Like a wise owl. I would feel a bit like I imagine a computer to be. Click, click, click, click___indeed if this is what a computer might do I am not sure. One observance is we tend to think like the Word Game where associations are made. We stack up pros and cons. When you do this it’s like debate class! You know the answer, you’re finding your position. Too highly stacked things fall over. The trouble with stacking up pros and cons is the potential that, this is all one does. That no actions are taken, we are still where we are at if we do not take a stand on something by having a bottom line. To do this well means taking on accountability for one’s words and actions. Doing this perfectly? Not as easy, because we lack time to think. All we can do is do our best with who we believe we are! Oh and Twain? He hits it on the head pretty much! Best wishes! Pejj