Daily Prompt: Ripped from the Headlines

Click over to whatever website you visit most frequently to get news. Find the third headline on the page. Make sure that headline is in your post.

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Sorry for the late post everyone – I have been busy all day until now. At first glance, this prompt seemed quite a fun one. However, when I did go to the BBC News website, the third headline was ‘Israel holds burial service for Ariel Sharon’. I had heard about this today. Someone was talking about history, and how we can divide up myth from the facts. The point of their argument, however, was that you can choose which one you enjoy the most. For example, this person chose the story of a saint, St. Mungo (St. Kentigern), and how he supposedly founded Glasgow. This person talked about how ‘someone’ had to have founded Glasgow, ‘someone’ must have named it ‘Glasgow’ in the first place! So why couldn’t it be St. Mungo?

Similarly, he talked about Ariel Sharon, who is regarded as both a “man devoted to the security of his country” as well as a terrorist. Perhaps the terms ‘myth’ and ‘fact’ aren’t the right ones to use – how about just two different sides to a story. Each person is entitled to their own opinions. Each person is also entitled to believe whatever they want if they haven’t experienced it first hand. All we can take from both the story of St. Mungo and of Ariel Sharon is that there are two different groups of people who believe two different things.

Does that then mean there is a right and wrong thing to believe in? Well, in some cases, yes – the truth will always triumph over false information provided there be enough evidence. So what about St. Mungo? The only real sources we have about his life were written 500+ years after his death, and there are a lot of differences between them. St. Mungo is credited with four miracles, one of which is praying a robin back to life. Does this make it more believable if there is no real evidence? I guess it depends on the audience.

The point I’m trying to make is that there can be a right and wrong thing to believe in or to do, but there can be something, even which you think there might be a “right” answer for, that doesn’t have one. There is an appropriate place to believe in what you want to. In my opinion, you should enjoy the chance to.

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