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Abstain from Evil

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I am honest person, one with no poker face.  That said, I have lied from time to time.  I have been polite and dishonest when being honest would have been rude and created a needless and awkward social situation.  I have gone along with what dementia patients have said contrary to reality.  To have done otherwise would have been to create an unnecessary argument, which the patient would have forgotten soon anyway.  And no, that dress does not make any woman look fat.

A timeless moral standard in dealing with other people is seek the best for that person.  Thus we ought never to create trouble for them.  Much lying casts blame onto innocent people, hence the great portion of fault with such dishonesty.  And, of course, if one lies often, how are the rest of us to know when he or she is telling the truth?  That is a valid point also.

As I wrote, I have no poker face, thus my default status is honesty.  That is the best default policy when dealing with a person in his or her right mind.  That said, the entire truth is not always necessary and proper.  And I suspect, given my absence of a poker face, that my socially polite white lies have been transparent.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 22, 2014 COMMON ERA

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THE FEAST OF SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN, CAPUCHIN FRIAR AND MARTYR

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1 Thes. 5, 22

I.

To fall a victim of evil is the world’s greatest tragedy.  Man was created for high and holy things.  Evil overthrows God’s good designs for man and brings in utter confusion and destruction.  One should thoughtfully determine to avoid it in all its forms.

II.

Avoid a flippant attitude of mind.  It drives away sober, sound thinking and encourages the fool in his folly.

III.

Flee irreverence.  Do not forget that God is holy and we should reverence him.  Never take his name in vain, nor smile when another does.  Profanity is extremely censurable.  There can be no excuse for it.  It plunges one headlong toward destruction, and makes his return difficult.  Would you say it if you knew it were your last utterance?

IV.

Refuse to tell lies.  You have to live with yourself.  A liar is a hurtful, unwholesome companion.  Speak the truth.  Be true.   Let men know your word is your bond.  A simple truth can place error in a very embarrassing position.  Truth is ennobling always.  Resist evil and be spared its blighting curse.

“Cleave to that which is good.”  In so doing there is great reward.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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