Me: What’s the difference between an elephant and an egg?
Me: What’s the difference between an elephant and an egg?
You: I don’t know.
Me: Then I’m not sending you to get me a dozen eggs.
You may have heard that before, but actually it is quite significant, pointing out how we need to really think about the words we hear others using. It is not just semantics because words they use matter.
A short example exercise may help illustrate this.
For this example, let’s use a gold ring. Nothing special, just a gold ring. You come into my store wanting to buy (or at least consider buying) a 24 karat gold ring.
Let’s say that I take one of those gold rings out from the display card because you told me that you were interested in a 24 karat gold ring and had pointed one out to me.
You (thinking): I anticipate that the ring will be 24karat gold (since that was what I said that I wanted)
Me: I can assure you that this ring is 24 karat gold.
Now … from what I just told you (the buyer) using my A word … do you know for sure if the ring is truly 24 karat gold? You anticipated that it would be and I assured you that it was. However, what happened was that I was telling you that I want you to believe that it is. I assure you of this. But do you trust me?
So, we continue talking about that gold ring.
You: Yes, it appears to be 24 karat gold.
Now I got you thinking and you agree that it appears to be 24 karat gold (but do you really KNOW what 24 karat gold looks like … could you tell the difference if it wasn’t?). You basically are saying that it seems to be 24 karat gold based on what little you know about how gold looks. And me? I use another A word and say “Absolutely“. And all that I did was agree with you agreeing with my first statement. Absolutely is a word of “degrees”. I could agree with you a little, a lot, or the most possible – absolutely.
You (thinking as you look at the price tag): it might just be a gold plated ring. Alternately it might be 24 karat gold ring.
You: Affordably it can’t be 24 karat gold!
Congratulations! You made it through 6 A words (one more left for this example). You anticipated that it would be what you wanted. I assured you that it was. You said it appeared to be what you asked for. I said that it absolutely was what you asked for. But then you were thinking that it might just be a cheap knock off ring, and then reminded yourself that alternately it really could be just what you asked for. But then you started noticing things… like the price tag. You said that it affordably couldn’t really be what you had asked for (regardless of what I had said).
You were getting pulled back to reality, but only based on the price! You didn’t notice the subtle difference in the words being used, and that mistake can end in deception.
In this example I probably would NOT admit that the ring was just a cheap gold plated ring, but I would keep insisting that it absolutely appears to be 24 karat gold just as I assured you (and I knew you anticipated and wanted that). I would repeat this over and over until you finally left the store. But the next three times you came to the store, I would continue insisting and assuring you that the ring was 24 karat gold. And after a few days of hearing this over and over, you might begin to believe that the ring really was 24 karat gold
And that leads to the final A word … the most significant and important A word.
Since you really liked that ring, you had an gemologist who specialized in gold and silver rings come to analyze the ring for you. He said that the ring was not 24 karat gold but actually was merely gold plated. That was not what you wanted to hear because you really liked that ring and it was so affordable.
So you hired a goldsmith to analyze the ring for you, and she too told you that actually the ring was merely gold plated and not 24 karat gold. She even showed you a couple spots where you could see the gold plating had chipped off.
But you really wanted that ring to be 24 karat gold so you got an appraiser to come to appraise the ring. He confirmed what the two prior experts had told you… that actually the ring was not 24 karat gold and would not be worth any more than $20 (which was far less than the price that I was trying to sell it to you for).
Finally, you brought a few friends along with you to the store to see what they thought. And they were unsure what to say. They saw how happy you were with that ring and how much you liked it. So, they decided to tell you what you wanted to hear, and assured you that the ring must be 24 karat gold.
So … did you buy that ring? Did you buy it because your friends assured you that it must be 24 karat gold? Did you ignore the three experts that you brought in to analyze that ring who told you that it actually was not 24 karat gold, but was merely gold plated.
Did you ignore what the ring actually was?
And, THAT, was the most important A word:
Note that studies have shown that it doesn’t matter how smart you are, how intelligent you are, or that you have great “street smarts”. Deception can sneak up on you, especially when it is repeated over and over for days, weeks or months. And what is most scary about being deceived is that by definition you don’t know it!
And this is what is happening to millions of people in America who desperately want President Trump to have a second term. The president has been lying to them that he won the election because it was rigged and stolen from him (but providing NO provable evidence of this). His lawyers are saying the same thing (also with no provable evidence). Many (most) Republican Senators and Representative also knowingly repeat that lie.
So you call in the experts to help you decide what the truth is. You call in the courts to prove that Trump won and had the election stolen from him. But of over 60 court cases, Trump lost every single court case except one (which was a minor procedural issue). Trumps lawyers actually told the judges in these cases that they were NOT alleging fraud, because they were under oath in a court of law (but not during a press conference).
So you looked to the election officials in the states to determine what the truth is. And they all unanimously state that the election was fair and there was no significant fraud found.
So you looked at what the Cybersecurity agency of the Department of Homeland Security had to say about the election and they clearly stated that this was the most secure election we have ever had.
So you looked for outside experts to review the election and TWO different international election teams of observers declared the election was a fair election with no fraud found.
However, what you are likely not doing is checking what two of the most reliable newspapers with the most Pulitzer prize winners are saying about the election, and both have repeatedly provided in depth news articles clearly showing that there was no election fraud.
And reliable sources are available for you to confirm and verify all this. A few of these sources are linked here => Election Voter Fraud
This is important, especially to those who follow Jesus. He did not come to overthrow the government but to submit to it. Do you honestly believe that Jesus wants the election overturned and the government taken over with guns, bombs and deadly violence? If so, you must have reasons for what you believe… and I would be interested in having a calm discussion with you about all those reasons. Really! Just contact me and let’s talk!
I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)