Adjustable reality


As I have read and watched the coverage of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, I’m reminded that sometimes it’s tough to convince people of the truth—what’s real and what’s fake.

My grandpa (yes, the one with the guilty secret) was from Missouri. Stubborn as a Missouri mule, he was the embodiment of “show me.” Although he was a man of great faith, when it came to humans, he believed in what he could see, touch, and feel. He wasn’t a scientist, but I have the feeling he would have approved the saying, “In God we trust; all others bring data.”

I always found it ironic that this man who was so set on “proof” watched wrestling every Saturday night, and believed it was real. On the other hand, he never believed that humans landed on the moon. The experience has been amazing to me, because I was too young to remember when it all happened. It has been like witnessing a miracle.

Grandpa died in 1977. I wonder sometimes if he had lived longer, if he would have been convinced. What would he have thought of the future, and the amazing things we have seen from space through miracles like the Hubble telescope? What would it have taken for him to believe the truth?

I have found that many people have the same problem today. I call it “adjustable reality.” They choose to believe in lies, and ignore the truth even when it’s right in front of them. They think if they insist, and just keep repeating it, that it will somehow become true. It seems to be more and more difficult to tell what’s real and what’s fake. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we keep our eyes, hearts, and minds open, so we are available to the truth.

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