Are you a person, who, when hearing another person make a statement about something, has the ability to know inherently the information they are espousing is the truth or a lie?
The ability to “judge” calls upon past emotions and experiences that once presented with a decision to validate or dismiss, you weigh the evidence presented, and call “balls or strikes.”
But discernment is the gift of God, where with wisdom you have the ability to recognize where the driving force of the action or words are coming from and whether the information is false or factual.
In police work, we were exposed to huge amounts of information to determine what was factual and what was BS. We developed the knack of making split-second judgments on the fly, and when given the time, discern deception when the truth of the story disappears into a vaporous fog.
I joke with my wife all the time that I would come out of retirement for a private industry job as the Vice President of Information Validation. You know, sit around big cherry wood conference room tables and slam my fist, yelling out, “BS!” at the utterance of inaccurate information. It would make corporate meetings shorter and nervously more fun.
We have all heard promises from our government that were meant to comfort us when the truth was nowhere to be found.
Like: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” (Obama), “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” (Clinton) and “In today’s regulatory environment, it’s virtually impossible to violate rules” (Bernie Madoff).
A perfect example of discernment vs. judgement for me was the 2020 presidential election. Over 70 million voters knew in their discerning hearts that Trump had won, but after over 200 whistleblower affiants were denied the opportunity to testify in over 60 court challenges, the media judged that those believing so were falling for the “Big Lie.” Wasn’t it the Nazi propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, who said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it?”
The recent catastrophic flooding of New Orleans has been blamed on, here we go again, climate change. I grit my teeth every time I hear that phrase.
But did you know 100 percent of New Orleans was above sea level prior to the early 1900s? It was only after engineers accidently sank 50 percent of the city by pumping water out of a swamp in order to build homes for urban expansion, did it result in topographical bowls that were 4-7 feet below sea level. The brilliance of building slab homes on compressed peat moss, and not on pilings as in Venice, Italy, proved deadly when natural storms filled those areas with water that would have normally drained away.
So, we are told repetitive historical flooding of poorly engineered topography is due to “climate change” not idiotic engineering? I call … well you know the initials.
Same could be said of a rain gauge. When it fills up after it rains, is it due to the weather or climate change? Isn’t that one in the same?
Look folks, exercise a little discernment and consider the driving force from whence the information originates. Cowboys will bring a cowboy perspective which covers everything in gravy. Socialists move money from one pocket to another, starting with yours. And my attitude about gardening is the same as the Braves season … success will always be next year.
W.J. Butcher is a Coweta County resident and retired 26-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department.