The United Nations said___________.
Hmmm… but tell me… honestly… were you there when it was said? Was it even said in a language that you understood? Or was it interpreted? Was the interpretation done by a native of the country that speaks the language, or someone outside the culture… infact, someone who learnt the language as a second, third, or even more?
So… unless you heard it yourself, would it not be more truthful to say:
I HEARD, that the United Nations SAID____________? or even, The United Nations is said to have SAID____________?
Well… if it was not an interpreter, from whom then did you hear it? Did such a one hear it first hand… second hand… or from many hands…? And what did such a one bring of themselves… all mingled up with what the United Nations is said to have said?
Most of us receive the news from a source called… THE NEWS…! be it radio… tv… newspaper… or internet, (which we more often than not, euphemistically call… Social Media). Or I dear say, even a lively smorgasbord of information, contained from all the above, or some of them… invariably mixed in with what is being said by those persons around us.
The truth is not easy to get to, and most times, it comes attached to STRINGS, while at the other end is often found… AN AGENDA!!!
Getting to the the truth, is like getting to… well… the kernel of a coconut… even though the shell inside is also called: “a coconut,” within the shell is found the kernel, which on its own is also referred to as… coconut. So only when you get to the kernel, are the other discarded portions called by other names.
Yet I will go still further, and ask you… was the coconut given to you…? (which of the above…?), or did you have to get it for yourself? If you got it for yourself, was it from the tree, or from the market? If from the tree, did someone pick it for you, (a second hand), or did you have to exert the effort to pick it yourself? (first hand)
Having climbed the tree, (which is not easy), and picked the coconut, you can now choose to drop it to the ground, where it would bounce, and roll in the dirt, before you descend to retrieve it. (Such too can be the condition of the truth, if it slips away from the original source).
Having descended from the tree, you now have to hack away at the husk to get to the nut… then break the nut, and pour off the water, to get to the kernel. Now you have to dig the kernel out of the shell, which does not want to relinquish it.
Now… finally… you hold in your hand… Walla!!! Coconut…
So tell me… what are you now going to do with it?
Getting to the truth… is not easy… it never is… But if you do get to it…
What are you going to do with it?
The Bible said__________.
© Ralph Boothe
July 11th. 2017