August 24; How Should We Measure What Is True?
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Chapter Eight: Communication; 24 August

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica,

for they received the message with great eagerness and

examined the Scriptures every day

to see if what Paul said was true.

Acts 17:11

How Should We Measure What Is True?

Perception

John Yoest, age 4, in custome

John Yoest, age 4, in custome

Charmaine and I were ecstatic. Our son, John, won a small part as Thomas Jefferson’s grandson for a movie. When we told our 4-year-old little guy about his new role, he started to get partly cloudy and teared up.

The Little Dude cried, “But I don’t want to be in someone else’s family!”

We were surprised, “No, John, it’s pretend. You’ll always be our boy…”

“I can’t be anyone else,” John said.

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Charmaine and I attempted to reassure. Told him it was good. But The Little Dude was convinced that he was being placed into a new family.

And it was true. And this would serve a purpose. He would pretend to be something he wasn’t. But we’ve always taught him never to deceive; to always tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. This is in keeping with our Faith Tradition and the Ten Commandments.

John Yoest on set

John Yoest on set

But this was, well, Hollywood.

This is marketing. This is different.

The Dude really thought he was leaving our family. Goodness, we even told him so. It was true. But it wasn’t, really.

As Jack Welch noted, “One thing I learned… is that perception matters.”

The deception of perception looks the same at the point of sale. Is it acting or is it real? It looks the same sitting in the audience. In the performing arts we all begin with a Suspension of Disbelief: That’s not really Thomas Jefferson on the big screen.

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players, as Shakespeare scripted.

But all business cannot be played as you like it. Office politics and the velocity of business demands caveat emptor where each member should be a wary buyer and not merely buy any idea. You were hired for your wisdom and judgment.

We should all become like the Jews of Berea, an ancient Greek city in the Roman province of Macedonia. The Bereans would question no less an authority as Paul. They were intellectually rigorous and compared what Paul preached with Scripture.

Paul had proved and persuaded the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah that they had been waiting for. The Bereans did not meekly take Paul’s word; they challenged and ‘pushed back’ as we might say theses days.

And they determined that Paul was right and many came to believe.

Every new company idea should be run through the filter/refinement of the organization’s scripture: the company mission statement, five-year plan and core competence. This will save the company from the deception of false messiahs

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John studying the script

John studying the script

So our little Dude believed the ‘lie’ and it became true. His portrayal became a truth. The Dude’s acting served a good, and the presentation was true.

So The Dude was doing something good. His reality was that he was part of another family. And it became true.

And his performance was beautiful. Good, True and Beautiful. Aristotle would be pleased.

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

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