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Those Pesky Facts

Mark Tobola

Those Pesky Facts

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November 30, 2021

One of our founding fathers, John Adams, has a quote attributed to them that seems to be more pertinent today than ever before. That quote is this:  "Facts are stubborn things and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  It amazes me how most of the time, the principles of character and integrity that were proven in the long ancient days of humanity still stand today, and this is definitely one of them!

John Adams

The last few months, even the last few years... no, the last few decades seem to be full of times when the facts were not as presented, and many people fully backed the un-factual information. One of my children recently shared a video they found, about a man who accused a lady of rear-ending his sports car. And she kept saying "No, you hit me, don't you remember, you ran into the front of my car?" And the man kept insisting he didn't hit her, and she rear-ended him. Only to find out that there was video of him side-swiping her vehicle a few minutes earlier, and drove off despite his error. Facts matter!

The last couple of years feel as though "facts and evidence of fact" are hard to come by. Recent weeks have shown a number of long-standing topics producing facts, and action being taken thanks to those facts. And these are very good end results to arrive at. But the facts don't seem to be as readily shared with everyone as the misinformation that was shared for years prior. But those facts are still coming to light!

I guess what I'm really trying to say is that I often hear new information and seem to not really dive into it.  Why? I'm on guard against false information. And I'm on guard against those of us who have accidentally adopted false information as truth, because it can be ridiculously easy to do so!  I admit that I have been guilty of it before and may even be guilty of it in the future, too!  But I've also become more adamant about verifying facts and evidence before making my own conclusions.  And it seems to me that maybe our founding fathers, like John Adams, did the same thing, too. Maybe that means it's something worth doing?


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Mark Tobola

Mark Tobola is a resident of Thorp and weekly columnist.

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