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Temporary Truth and the Consequences 1 by Tim Connor Do you know the difference between temporary truth and real truth? Today, we are experiencing a great deal of conflict because many people feel if they believe something, it is true. So you believe there are only 325 days in the year, everyone deserves an education, all older people are stupid - that these are truths. Have you ever disagreed with a spouse, employee, or customer? Let me describe the conversation. You tried to convince them they were wrong and you were right. They tried to convince you they were right, and you were wrong. How am I doing? The problem is, truth evolves. I’m not implying “Temporary Truth” is right or wrong, just that a lot of stuff is only true until the replacement truth shows up. Here is one example: For hundreds of years, if you had an illness, first they cut you open and let you bleed until you were cured - the truth about medicine. Next treatment, they gave you pills. These were followed by radiation, chemotherapy, and other invasive treatments. Keep going. Next, they sent you to a therapist. For years, people believed the current treatments were the best or even only treatment available, but over time each one was replaced by a new and supposedly better one. Now, the new Temporary Truth. Real truth doesn’t change. Here’s a simple one - for hundreds of years people believed the world was flat - the temporary truth (and based on current beliefs, grounded not in facts but rumors). Then someone discovered the world wasn’t flat so it must be round - an updated version of current perceived truth everyone embraced. What is temporary truth? Anything that is changing, evolving, growing, fading, or is in the past or the future. What is real truth? Gravity is the truth. Consequences are truth. Death is the truth. Let’s be clear, opinions are not truth or reality. I’ll wager if you asked 50 million people in the U.S. what was their opinion about (whatever topic), you would get at least 25 million different answers. So, just because something is your opinion based on your experience, your education, your personality, your (whatever), it’s still only your opinion. You have a right to it, but here’s the interesting thing - I have a right to my opinion on the same topic (even if it is different than yours). There is a great deal of discord in the world today. Why? Because most people believe their opinion is, or should be the truth - everyone’s truth - what is right and what the rest of us should believe just because they believe it. If this concept were true: the world is still flat, we never went to the moon, the average life span in the U.S. is 35 years, need I go on? Truth is, not the truth because you or I believe it or think it should be true. Truth is grounded in facts and evidence, not opinions. Hear me please - FACTS. If there are no facts to back anything up, it’s just an opinion. Ever screamed at the TV as you listened to the rantings of some political idiot? Ever felt the stress of a relationship filled with tension or frustration? I could go on with examples like these, but the question is - is there a common cause or contributor to all or each of these life situations, struggles, or outcomes? One of my favorite questions I ask people when they start telling me (something) is true. I say, “How do you know that? What true evidence or facts is this based on?” Try it the next time someone gives you their opinion on something and tries to convince you they are right and you are wrong. It’s really fun. I have had more than my share of people come up to me after one of my speeches or seminars to share their disagreements and/or opinions of what I talked about and how they felt I was wrong or just plain out of touch - especially when it was anything related to technology. I’m not kidding here - my opinion, no matter what it was, was wrong. I wonder if the fax machine will ever be obsolete. Over the years, I have spent a great deal of time and research trying to identify what the unique circumstances were that contributed to these types of reactions, responses, or behaviors when dealing with others whether in person or at a distance. I’ll tell you what I finally figured out, next month. In His service, Tim Tim Connor may be contacted via e-mail to 15 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® NOVEMBER 2020 New & Used Tricones PDCs Drag & Claw Bits Drill Collars Bit Tipping Subs & Stabilizers HDD Bits & Reamers DTH Hammer & Bits Custom Fabrication Junk Mills / Fishing Tools Rod Henderson 661-201-6259 Eran Henderson 661-330-0790 Dealmakers Holt Services, Inc. of Washington State is shown leaving with another Sonic Green Machine from Terra Sonic International of Marietta, Ohio. Terra Sonic International Send your deals to: michele@