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Why Things are the Way They Are - by Michael Phillips
Ecclesiastes - Part 3
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Aug 14, 2011 am - Several years ago, I heard a speech by Francis X. Kelly, then Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Responding to critics who said the military caused war, and that-if we spent less on men and arms and more on diplomacy and foreign aid-the world would be safer, General Kelly said- You're welcome to your own opinion; what you're not welcome to is your own facts. He went on to list the military threats to our country and that it takes more than warm hearts and peaceful intentions to meet them, I am not going to weigh in on the General's politics or strategy, but only to reflect on the key line of his speech- You're welcome to your own opinion; what you're not welcome to is your own facts. Facts are fact, whether you like them or not. You can ignore them, debate them, philosophically disprove them, laugh at them, scream at them, and even pass laws against them if you want to. What you can't do is change them. What President John Adams said about them cannot be improved on- Facts are stubborn things! Facts are wonderfully confident and self-possessed. Like my late father, they really don't care what you think about them! This brings us to Ecclesiastes' most obvious, familiar, ... More >>>


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