Can we handle the truth?

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In my frustration with the apathy exhibited over the recent election I have reached this conclusion: However fervent my goal to present the issues that affect the citizens of this county through written word, I cannot force them to read it.
A whole bunch of hollering and finger pointing was going on during a Williamsburg County Council public hearing regarding the upcoming referendum. The idea that the people weren't given enough time to get straight with the voter ID law was protested loudly.
Well, first of all, you just need a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and South Carolina address. I find it rather curious that there are citizens out there who don't have at least one of these documents. Where do they live? Do they hide their money in a jar and bury it in the backyard? Have they never been to a doctor? Unless you're living under an assumed name you simply have to have one of those identifying documents.
And secondly, does it really matter if a very, very few don't vote. If you face the fact that percentage of registered voters (in this county) who cast their vote in any election is a meager 30-35 percent, the truth will set you free.
“Truth,” according to William Berry in his publication The second noble truth "is merely a product of perceptions; perceptions are colored by experience, which is then filtered through the current state of mind and altered even further. By the time the neutral event is processed in this manner, it is little more truth than fiction."
It’s relatively simple for a person or group to bend and mold the truth for his or her own personal agenda. And if you are gullible or ignorant or simply choose to buy into whatever is being panhandled, truth will not be challenged or evaluated. Just go with the flow.
How will our county move forward if two-thirds of its citizens prefer to get the facts from hearsay and two-thirds of its registered voters could care less who is in office? I said the truth will set you free but that may not be the case. Mr. Berry argues quite successfully that the truth will not set you free. And considering the recent election and the undercurrents that were brought to the surface - I tend to agree with Mr. Berry's statement "We do not see the world as it is. We see the world as we are."

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