Guest Blog written By Janis K. Johnson MD
There are few things that I have found to be invariably true, but this has held water, long term: When words and actions don’t match, I believe actions.
In other words, when one’s actions aren’t congruent with their stated beliefs and opinions, look at what they do, not what they say, and you’ll have a better idea of what they really believe. This goes for analyzing your own words vs. actions as well.
At times, we all mouth opinions of people we respect, or authorities on a particular subject, but then find that our actions tell a different story. Maybe because it’s just easier to repeat what is commonly believed, or socially acceptable, instead of taking the time and effort to think for ourselves and investigate for ourselves.
For example, eating more protein is better. My father used to say, “If you don’t spend the money on meat, you’ll spend it on medical bills”. After reading, The China Study, I started to question that statement. Then through my own research I found that the percentage of protein in breast milk varies, but never exceeds 10%. So why would we need to get more than 10% of our calories from protein once we are no longer growing rapidly? I found I felt better when I eat 5-10% of my calories in protein. So, what do I really believe? Judge by my actions: I usually eat a diet containing 5-10% protein, mostly whole plant foods.
When we don’t act with integrity, WE know that our actions aren’t honest, even if others don’t catch on … right away. We have a sense that “something’s wrong” and feel uncomfortable. Some live with the discomfort, but more often we just adopt a viewpoint to still the confusion and make us feel better. Truth be damned if it’s gonna make me uncomfortable or at odds with society’s “authorities”!
Back in the 1960’s I remember seeing bumper stickers that said, “Question Authority”. The idea comes from an even more ancient source: Socrates. Even Benjamin Franklin said, “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority”. You don’t see those bumper stickers anymore. And you don’t see all that many people doing it either.
So let’s question authority together! Let’s set aside our fixed ideas and really find out what is happening, who’s giving us the straight scoop and who is just forwarding their own agenda (which may not benefit most of us). I’m not suggesting we abandon our core beliefs, just take a look at those uninspected assumptions that increasingly don’t seem to add up.
Leo Tolstoy wrote more than War and Peace. The Kingdom of God is Within You, is a nonfiction treatise of his own philosophy of non-violence. He urges us to look within ourselves to find the answers to questions of morality and integrity. The book was banned in Russia as a threat to the church and state.
So, why would a nation espousing liberty and justice for all be threatened by its citizens thinking for themselves? I leave that one for you to contemplate and reach your own conclusions. THINK FOR YOURSELF.
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With Love and Light,
Founder and CEO of Pure Light Global
Janis K. Johnson, MD is a retired medical doctor, speaker and best selling author. If you want to improve your health, check out her simple guide to healthy living, “Do You Really Want To Get Well?”