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The false dichotomy of truth may seem like a strange title. Truth is truth right? Well, that depends on what truth you are taking about. There are many things that are just true or false.
The earth rotates around the Sun and not the other way around. That’s true. The earth’s air is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and the remaining 1% of elements are all other gases COMBINED. Carbon dioxide makes up 1/300th of that 1%. That’s also true but from the way that some climate change enthusiasts frame their position you might think that carbon dioxide has a considerably larger concentration in our atmosphere.
If the planet’s total atmosphere were one mile long, CO2 would take up less than two inches. Now, how much of that is man-made? Approximately 15% to 20%, which would be about ¼ of an inch. If I were making an argument for man-made global warming, which I’m not, I might not frame my talking points using these truths because a ¼ of an inch over a whole mile could be considered minuscule and insignificant. This is not about climate change but about how we use information.
Let’s look at another interesting truth. Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as dihydrogen oxide, hydrogen hydroxide, or simply hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically altered critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive, and poisonous compounds such as sulfuric acid, nitroglycerine, and ethyl alcohol.
Should you be concerned about dihydrogen monoxide? Yes, you should. Here are some of the dangers associated with DHMO:
- Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
- Severe tissue damage from prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
- Acid rain.
- Severe burns from its gaseous form.
- Pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
These are just some of the dangers. Here are some of the uses in industry of this insidious compound:
- As an industrial solvent and coolant in nuclear power plants.
- An element in the production of styrofoam and biological and chemical weapons manufacture.
- The development of genetically engineered crops.
- A spray-on fire suppressant and retardant.
- It is also used in animal research laboratories and in pesticide production and distribution.
What you may find surprising are some of the products and places where DHMO is used, but which for one reason or another, are not normally made part of public presentations of the danger to the lives of our family members and friends. Among these starting uses are
- As an additive in food products, including jarred baby food
and baby formula, even in many soups, carbonated beverages,
and supposedly “all-natural” fruit juices.
- Cough medicines and other liquid pharmaceuticals.
- Aerosol oven cleaners.
- Shampoos, shaving creams, deodorants and numerous other bathroom products.
One of the most surprising facts recently revealed about dihydrogen monoxide contamination is in its use as a food and produce “decontaminate.” Studies have shown that even after careful washing, food and produce that has been contaminated by DHMO remains tainted by DHMO.
So, what are the symptoms of accidental Dihydrogen Monoxide overdoes?
- Excessive sweating.
- Excessive urination
- Feeling bloated.
- Dangerously imbalanced level of extracellular fluid (ECF) and intracellular fluid (ICF) in the blood.
- Degeneration of sodium homeostasis.
With all these undesirable effects what do we know about the chemical analysis of dihydrogen monoxide?
Well, let’s see. Di-hydrogen would mean two atoms of hydrogen and Monoxide means only one atom of oxygen so that would translate into H2O or WATER. IT’S WATER. Now all the things that have been said about this common compound are true just framed in the most negative fashion possible and then given the worst possible spin.
Do you know anybody that does this kind of thing with religion? They only talk about the most unpleasant aspects of a faith tradition and then analyze them with the most negative terms they can find, and that’s all they talk about. If you are listening to or reading this type of material I would like to give you the advice of president Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: “Just stop it.”
One of President Boyd K. Packer’s sayings that I have latched on to is, “some things may be true but not useful.” So, are the Mormons trying to hide the truth from the rank and file members of the Church? The sound bite answer is “no.” Well, that’s the end of this podcast. Thanks for listening. Just kidding. The point is that we don’t have to accept these styles of explanations to sincere gospel questions and concerns. Here is what president Uchtdorf has said about such things.
“Come Join with Us” talk Oct. 2013.
Let’s look at another truth situation. In 1989 Stephen R. Covey wrote a book called The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Yeah, so what? Well, it is a great book. Oh yeah, says who? Well, I guess that depends on what you want out of life. If you want to be your best this book provides some great tools. In brother Covey’s book there is an illustration of a woman who depending on how you perceive her she can be an attractive young woman or an elderly sad woman. I’m providing the picture in the show notes of this program, so you can see it for yourself if you haven’t seen this picture before.
This example is a classic illustration of how perception affects our reality.
A mother of a college student wrote in to the FairMormon “Ask a Question” section of our website and explained how her son had come across some of the less than ideal events in Church history and therefore the whole Church was a lie. He was never taught any of these “truths” in sacrament meeting, Sunday school, or priesthood classes. He had been deceived, he claimed, and felt it was all just one big scam.
I’ve seen this happen before particularly to those who only study or listen to the “ideal” of the gospel, and when they find out that the real world is less than ideal it becomes an all-or-nothing game.
What they don’t realize is just because you now see the sad older woman doesn’t mean that young attractive woman hasn’t disappeared. All the good in the Church is still there. None of it has gone away. All the blessings. All the acts of kindness. All of the principles. They are still with us. It’s just our perception that has become enlarged to a more accurate worldview and not just the ideal in life.
Let me share an example. In my ward we have our adult gospel doctrine class taught by a woman and a man. They alternate every other week. Our ward is so big that we have two teachers or more for every class.
My personal preference or prejudice is a man instructor for gospel doctrine. Yeah, I know. He’s a MSP or male chauvinist pig. I admit it. Well, I was all set to be disappointed by this “sister” teacher. To my surprise I really liked her style and the more I attended the class, the more I came to appreciate how she handled herself and responded to the comments members made.
Her name? Bethany Weed. I talked to her about using her as an example in this podcast, and she authorized me to use her real name. The weed girl. Well, she married a Weed and has had to live with the name ever since. We all have our crosses to bare in life.
So, here is what impressed me about her skills as an instructor. She has the unique ability to stay on topic without going off on some tangent like I sometimes do when I teach a class, but what really caught my attention is how she makes the answers to questions from the members important. Everybody has a little different understanding of how the gospel makes sense to them, and she has this ability to turn those differences into something important.
Because we are different doesn’t mean that we are right or wrong, just different and that difference is what makes us real. Just like in the talk by President Uchtdorf. Our unique differences enrich us all. Every ward needs a Sister Weed for the gospel doctrine class. If you don’t have one get on the Bishops good side and order one from the Distribution Center.
So, in the gospel of Jesus Christ our learning curve and understanding of principles, doctrines, and covenants can expand over time. Just because we come across some new information doesn’t mean we were lied to in the past. It is the natural process of life. We learn things we didn’t know that we didn’t know. Make sense?
So, what is your default setting to use a computer term? Are you one of those people who seem to believe the worst first? Do you know people like that? I sure do. How about if we changed that setting and gave the presiding brethren of the Church the benefit of the doubt.
When was the last time you heard one of them teach a false doctrine? We all develop at different paces. Something we might have been taught when we were twelve could have a much deeper meaning by the time we are twenty or forty or sixty for that matter. The same goes for the Church at large. The Restoration is still taking place.
Article of Faith number nine states that “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.”
So, how about we just lighten up? Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. All the good is still there. None of it has gone away.
As always the views and opinions expressed in this podcast may not represent those of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or that of FairMormon.