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If I Were the Devil: Paul Harvey's Warning for a Nation

If I Were the Devil: Paul Harvey's Warning for a Nation

This warning is making the rounds a long time after Paul Harvey first spoke it on his radio program, April 3, 1965.  Harvey was on the radio for about 75 years.  His famous tag line was "And now you know...The Rest of the Story". 

Harvey's broadcast may not be everyone's cup of tea and you may not agree with him; however, it is vital that we do not speak past one another in the realm of politics and culture.  As one country it is vital that we appreciate that each of us brings something different to the table and desires something different.  So then what?  How do you herd a bunch of cats?  How do we accomplish tasks as a nation?

The trick is to understand that each of us has something sacred, from how much we care for others, how much we value individual liberty, how we seek fairness, what loyalties we have, how we react to authority, and what we sanctify.  "'Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, yet do not notice the log in your own eye? . . . You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.' (Jesus, Matthew 7:3–5)  Enlightenment (or wisdom, if you prefer) requires us all to take the logs out of our own eyes and then escape from our fighting." (Jonathan Haidt)

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  1. Thank you, Paul Harvey gave us a lot to think about and debate about. Good for our culture.



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