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Whose Truth?

From: ujack@pop3.scrapcity.cnchost.com [Mark Medford]
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 14:29:00 +0000
Fwd Date: Thu, 09 Oct 1997 22:07:19 -0400
Subject: Whose Truth?

Dear Friends,

So much of what we are debating is experiential. What a difficult
thing to challenge - someone else's experience! No line of argument,
no amount of logic, can convince me that I was not touched by an
event, if I BELIEVE that I was. Given new information and insights, I
might draw a different meaning from the event, but I will never disown
the experience itself.

The ability to discern is critical. Without it, we free float on a sea
of fact and fiction. But what tools do we use to discern? The way that
I perceive things in this world is uniquely my own - as is everyone
else's. One is no less valid than the other. Although there are many
common perceptions, there are also those that have roots in my own
emotional, cultural and intellectual history. So... when I encounter
information that fits my inner criteria, that feels "right" to me, I
embrace it. Likewise, if it doesn't fit, I reject it. I do so with
equal passion.

Since joining this list, I've read many emotion filled posts. I
respect the courage of those who have shared - and I understand the
need that others have to react. We are not only pushing boundaries
here, we're challenging beliefs. This is always a risky business. Must
our responses be so sharp? Can our convictions be tempered with
compassion? I would hate to think that this environment, this forum,
this community, might be seen as too hostile to join. I would hate to
see personal bias bar, emotionally, others from participating. No one
wants to be attacked.

Perhaps I'm naive. I assume that the information shared here - if not
clinically accurate - is at least sincere. My mind is not so open that
it's leaking, but, neither is it so closed as to be impermeable. I
know that my beliefs, while subject to modification, are not fragile
things. I will, when necessary, preserve them in silence.

When it comes to sharing experiences that originate within this "new
frontier" of UFO's - we're very much like the blind man describing an
elephant. Until we are able to study the whole phenomenon, with eyes
wide open, who's to say which perception is "correct"? Although I have
my own pet theories and gut feelings, I would never presume to serve
them up as "truth". I would simply say: this is what happened to me...

Respectfully,
Mark



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