What is Truth ?
One famous person said it goes through three stages:
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. ” `Arthur Schopenhauer
Pontius Pilate asked Jesus “What is Truth?” after he asked him if he were the King of the Jews. We know what Yeshua said when asked if he were the King of the Jews, but we don’t know if he said anything, or just looked at Pilate,but whatever, Pilate came out and told the people he found no fault, no problem with Yeshua. Pilate was aware that during Passover, it was traditional that the people could release one prisoner. I really think that Pilate wanted them to release Yeshua, and perhaps part of him thought this would happen…perhaps after Yeshua was given a few lashes to satisfy the bloodthirsty mob.
They said “Give us Barabbas..” a thief and generally not known to be a great person. We can imagine that many in that crowd had either been healed by Yeshua or had seen him make miracles, and yet, the screamed for Yeshua to die.
Truthtellers are NOT really popular.
One truthteller, was H. L. Mencken …
Consider a few quotes
“Most people want security in this world, not liberty.”
H. L. Mencken
“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken
“I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.” ~ H. L. Mencken
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H. L. Mencken
Introduce the word “terrorist” for hobgoblin and you will see what is happening.
Other quotes of Mencken :
“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.” H. L. Mencken
“It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.” H. L. Mencken
“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
H. L. Mencken
” In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.” ~ H. L. Mencken
“An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” H. L. Mencken
“I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.” H. L. Mencken
“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. ” H. L. Mencken
“Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.” ~ H. L. Mencken
“Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That’s the way the mind of man operates.”~ H. L. Mencken
“Every man is his own hell.” ~ H. L. Mencken