Most important thing in a functional society is a well-informed public

functional societyAs John Oliver correctly pointed out Sunday night, folks are being fed what they want to hear and they’re eating it up like a starving person. The most important thing in a functional society is a well-informed public. What we have now is not only uninformed but misinformed masses. That’s something that should scare us all.

The most important thing in a functional society is a well-informed public. What we have now is not only uninformed but misinformed masses.

1. Read first. Then share. I myself am guilty of basing comments or even clicking share based on the headline. This is the worst thing any of us could do. Stop being lazy.

2. Check the source (and their sources). In the age of new media true and valid information comes from non-traditional sources but so does a lot of garbage. Any article that posts facts, figures or quotes should provide a source for that information. If there is no backup for their claims, move on.

3. Watch out for recycled stories. One thing that seems to be feeding into the misinformation problem is when old stories are being presented as happening now. Check the date on the story before you read on. You’ll be shocked to see how many are from another time and aren’t applicable to the current event you thought they were talking about.

4. If you care about facts, ignore the blatantly slanted. Having a slant or taking a position on a story is not wrong in itself. What is wrong is when these ideas are taken as unbiased fact. You can avoid all of this by simply avoiding those sites to start with. Any website with the words: Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Republican, etc. in the title are just advertising how slanted they are. That’s ok if you choose to live in your side’s bubble but please don’t have any delusions that these stories reflect the whole picture.

5. Google it. God (and Sergey) gave us Google for a reason. If you see a story that’s unbelievable or has no sources or even if it does, verify. See if the same facts are reported across multiple outlets. See if anyone disputes these facts. Read these pieces and then make up your mind.

If we could all take these simple steps our society would be a better place. We all have opinions and leanings. There is nothing wrong with that but could we at least all come from a starting point based on facts and reality?

The truth is, sharing illogical things begins to erode YOUR credibility and it makes you look foolish. Trust me, I speak from experience.

Now go share this, please. Be the well informed public. Be the functional society.

Through the process of reason we find our own truth

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When will be our next National Day of Reason?

Awakening Reason is a forum for new ideas that are coming forth as a result of the new wave of spiritual evolution. We are realizing that we are responsible for our opinions. We must seek out our own truth through verification of actual facts. We fact find by illuminating what we hear and allowing others to verify or invalidate by their own fact finding. We are responsible for deciding, for ourselves, through reason, what our truth is.

Why don’t we all just know the definitive truth? We only know for sure the facts that we can personally verify. We know where we live, we know where we buy groceries. We know the prices of the things because we have read the price on the shelf and this fact has been verified by what we are charged at the register for this item. We can further verify this fact by researching the item through other sources or settle for the known information as fact. One person my settle for this price as fact, but another may, though ruthless scrutiny, find other information that may raise questions. Thus the process either continues or comes to an end.

The world has become too complex for any of us to know as a palpable fact how the actions of others are affecting our lives. It may be a matter of understanding why these actions affect us. In this case we have the responsibility of learning how and why these actions matter to us. It is more difficult to verify facts because nothing is physically ascertained. We must share what we here continuously to secure the truth. Sometimes we may never prove definitively if the actions of others affects us. We may have to rely on our opinion. The process continues.

I am reintroducing Awakening Reason, because once again there is a dire need for it. Please follow and contribute to Awakening Reason by participating in the ideas shared here. It is the responsibility of everyone that breathes to help educate the people who have not yet learned that they are responsible for their own truth. All comments to this site will be approved except spam and hate. There is no place on earth where either of them is appropriate.

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Affordable Care Act Restores Life

The Affordable Care Act is a healthcare solution that could help more people get the treatments that they have had to live without. I know. I have had sleep apnea, kidney stones, a pinched nerve in my foot, and a shoulder that dislocates in my sleep. I have lived with these conditions for several years.

Sleep apnea steals oxygen from me at night. The lack of oxygen causes lapses in memory. I do not remember most of what I learned in graduate school. I have a hard time remembering how to do things every day that I could do yesterday. The nerve in my foot causes a lot of pain when I wear shoes. Sometimes I have to take them off when I am sitting down to get relief from the pain. I don’t need to describe kidney stones. Either you know the pain or you do not. I dislocated my shoulder in high school. As I get older the joint has lost its integrity. It slips out doing everyday tasks like making the bed or sleeping. In addition to the physical pain, I feel helpless when it happens.

I do not feel helpless anymore. I have seen 4 specialists in the last month.. I got a shot of cortisone in my foot and felt immediate relief. I am having an MRI of my shoulder, foot and abdomen at the end of the week. Best of all, I am getting scheduled for a sleep study and will be receiving treatment soon after.

I will have a new life thanks to the Affordable Care Act. My hope is that more people will discover how easy it is to get healthcare now. I want people to hear this because all they hear are the republicans and other cynics who don’t need it because the government pays for all of their healthcare.

I hope that someday these people realize that the Affordable Care Act is doing the same thing for people who could not get health insurance as the governments of our country have been doing all along for their employees. I hope that they realize that their greed is not nearly as important as restoring the lives of people all over the country.

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Affordable Care Act gives new life