Friday, December 02, 2016

More from that Facebook conversation on "post-factual world"

A Facebook commenter cited the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan: "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts." Words like these are important counsel for a society that elevates feelings and perceptions above questions of fact or truth. I responded:
[It's] [i]nteresting to note that conservative columnist George Will, an avid student of history, called Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat, the best US senator ever.

Moynihan was a liberal Democrat who also worked for Republican presidents.

He understood that politics isn't a zero-sum bloodsport, but an endeavor to fulfill the purposes for government as laid out in the US Constitution: "...to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity..."

And, yes, I love his quote about facts and opinions. I like also the quote attributed to John Adams: "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]


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