Word of the Day: ANECDATA
anecdotal evidence based on personal observations or opinions, random investigations, etc., but presented as fact.
WARNING: This is my opinion:)
Arguments with foundational support from anecdata have run rampant for centuries. Opinions based on little facts have started wars, destroyed families and have ended long-lasting relationships.
You would think after all this time, that we would have learned. But time has not changed how people present their evidence. Just take a look at social media. Anecdata can spread like a virus, gathering followers along the way. And it snowballs from there.
I watch it happen up front and out loud every day. It is a constant in the political arena. When I turn on the news, scroll through social media and even when I listen to people talk in the grocery store, personal opinions trump fact. How can we, an intelligent race, continue to operate in such a manner? Why do we continue to follow people who spout half-truths and imaginations from their own minds?
I’m not a very big truster. I try, I truly do, but time after time, man seems to always have self desires. Many talk to hear themselves speak, even when they know that half of what they are saying is not based on fact. Please hear me, I am not saying that all men do this on purpose. But even those of us that are well meaning, don't get it all right, all the time.
I do put my trust completely in one thing. John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” I’ve learned that truth doesn’t lie within man, truth can be found only in God’s word.
Creatively His, Sue:)