FACTS-OPINIONS & THE 1ST AMENDMENT
(12 April 2008 by Carl A. Patton)
Just what are facts and opinions?
What is knowledge and information?
Also when we take these elements
and throw them at free speech
what do we have?
Many come thus hiding from Truth,
taking the innocent hostage who
are bent on a shiftless, slothful, supine
existence with no responsibility.
This lackadaisical attitude is at
odds with independent thinking
which is a gift from God. Hence
rendering false conclusions about
those that stand on Truth.
Should one thus be ashamed of
Truth? Where does Truth come from?
Are opinions then what one thinks?
Is it an impression or estimate?
Some suggest that opinions are
carefully throughout conclusions
based on facts. These same thinkers
also say that these conclusions are
without the certainty of knowledge.
Brethren pray tell me what then is
knowledge? What one knows,
his range of information. The act
of knowing being familiar with
things a person or subject.
I know I am a Black American.
Is this knowledge although it is
disputed by some who believe
that I am an African-American.
So how does information transcend into
knowledge? What comes first knowledge
or information? All that I know from
my understanding of facts my experiences,
general truth’s, principles make up the
fusion and combination of knowledge
But where is God in this equation?
Can you leave God out of the pursuit
Meanwhile that taunting and elusive
opinion became affected by personal
learning and feelings. Are his views
Is there then a true distinction between
the opinionated and those just with
opinions? The dogmatic liberal and
conservative would not budge from
their alleged opinionated views.
But can one be dogmatic and
opinionated if they hold Truth
in the hollow of their hands?
Are opinions based on facts? Does
this fact thus separate fact from
fiction and opinionated dogma from
Facts are things known to be true.
These facts are also known to have
happened. There are also scientific facts.
How do scientific facts relate to
All agreed with good sense that
the sky was up and not down in fact.
However there were great disputes among
the scientists and the believers as to
where are who created the sky?
So is Truth a reality? How can all
of humankind see Truth? I can see
the rain and sunshine on cloudy
and sun-filled days.
However many in the world exist
in enjoyment on things called fiction
and the imagined.
Meanwhile the constitution protected
opinion and facts but many who wallowed
in confused imagery thought so-called
opinionated Truth was fiction.
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