let us reason together

Linquistic hallucinogenic schizophrenia is a condition whose symptoms are manifested by constantly reading between the lines, inserting words into another’s mouth, seeing words where none were written, completely missing the point, taking statements out of context, assuming intent without basis or foundation, and an inability to easily digest various forms of humor, sarcasm, irony, or criticism. But of course LHS is a condition produced solely from my own somewhat jaundiced mind, although it would appear that multitudes actually suffer from such a malady.

Let us reason together

Let us reason together

Another admittedly self-constructed condition, Extreme Epidermal Translucency[1] or EET is, in my humble opinion, raging rampant among the people, and together with LHS have managed to silence any and all dissenting opinion, reasoned dialogue, honest discussion, and scholarly debate. I have little doubt that the preceding will cause a sudden surge in identified cases of LHS and EET, with those so infected exhibiting all of the aforementioned symptoms.

In truth, as a writer I recognize and accept the fact that what I write will never find complete agreement with every reader. I firmly believe that no matter whether favorable or unfavorable, all comments or letters should be welcomed as they serve as indicators that what was written has at the very least been read by the commenter or letter writer.

When any reader takes issue with even a small part of what I have written it always speaks to my heart, informing me that the reader has given serious weight to the message I intended to convey. Whether there is complete agreement or disagreement or simply some concern or question, the mere receipt of a response speaks volumes and I thank you for taking the time and effort to communicate your thoughts. Consequently it compels both serious introspection and retrospection on my part to adequately respond. Every comment or letter received always contains something of value to be considered, no matter what the perspective of the responder may be.

Most responses are filled to the brim with useful insights and well-considered thoughts, offering new ideas to cogitate, different points of view, or simply a fresh approach to consider. And to those who respond in such a manner I can only say, “Bring it on!” Agree or disagree, let’s sit down and have a conversation. In the end we may agree to disagree or change one or both of our points of view but no matter what the result, greater understanding will occur and each will come away with something good: the realization that someone listened and cared enough to consider your ideas worthwhile. It is how we learn and how we grow and how we discover how to love one another.

Some responses however provide little opportunity for dialogue or conversation. While a writer can always glean something useful from any response, some scribblers, clearly suffering from EET and LHS, pen their responses replete with invective, innuendo, and remarkably little substance. It is sad commentary indeed, when reasoned discourse, conversation, discussion, and dialogue are replaced with polemic broadsides, misanthropy, mischaracterization, and vitriol.

Come now, let us reason together”, says the Lord.[2]


[1] Deacon Chuck Lanham, Sound of Silence – Day Six: Considering the Essence of Epidermal Translucency, July 8, 2015, https://deaconscorner.org/sound-of-silence-day-six.
[2] Is 1:8.

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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