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The following story was circulated by email a few years ago:

A Catholic bishop invited a young priest to dinner. During the meal, the priest noticed some signs of intimacy between the bishop and his housekeeper. As the priest was leaving, the bishop said to him quietly, “I can guess what you are thinking, but really our relationship is strictly proper.” A few days later the housekeeper remarked to the bishop that a valuable antique solid silver soup ladle was missing – since the young priest’s visit – and so she wondered if he might have taken it. “I doubt it, but I will ask him,” said the bishop.

So the bishop wrote to the priest: “Dear Father, I am not saying that ‘you did’ take a solid silver ladle from my house, and I am not saying that ‘you did not’ take a solid silver ladle from my house, but the fact is that the ladle has been missing since your visit..” Duly, the bishop received the young priest’s reply, which read: “Your Excellency, I’m not saying that ‘you do’ sleep with your housekeeper, and I’m not saying that ‘you do not’ sleep with your housekeeper, but the fact is that if you were sleeping in your own bed, you would by now have found the ladle.”

In these days of instant gratification, Photoshop, green screen, unprecedented apathy, and unparalleled arrogance, assumptions and dishonesty reign supreme among the hoi polloi. The most ignorant have unsubstantiated opinions based, usually, upon the lies of the government controlled news media, and anyone who disagrees with them is immediately labeled a bigot, a racist, a misogynist, or a zealot, especially, of course, if it is the opinion of a white, Christian, Capitalist, heterosexual male.

Few have the intelligence to actually research the facts. Bear in mind that many believe that Google, Twitter, and Facebook are now being controlled by the US government’s propaganda department. Asking your pastor about the Mormons or a socialist about Capitalism is rather ridiculous. Go to the source. Ask a Freemason about Freemasonry. If I want to know about Canadian history, given that I have only had the privilege of living in this great country for nearly nineteen years, I ask an intelligent, well read Canadian.

Yet we all seem to think we have the goods of every subject. I can almost guarantee that you will change your opinion about South Africa and Apartheid, for example, after viewing this video. If you want to know about how to make money, don’t ask Uncle Jim who has been an employee all his life, your local bank manager, or a “Financial Planner.”

Smart people check their assumptions and make sure they know the truth before making decisions based on those beliefs or simply embarrassing themselves.

Robin Elliott   LeverageAdvantage.com

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