What is discernment? We’re often told to exercise it in everything we read online, yet we may not truly understand how it works.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines discernment as “the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure.”
Thus the quality of discernment is far greater than simply believing the truth or falsehood of a source. There are three key words here: grasp, comprehend, and obscure. When we exercise discernment, we are attempting to peer into what is obscure or hidden, in some cases what is “occulted.” We are attempting to grasp the fundamental truth or falsehood within each message. And we are actively trying to comprehend what the purpose or intent of that message is. Discernment requires our perception, intuition, judgment, reason, and understanding exercised in unison – not just a single trait used alone.
An unfortunate reality of our age – seldom do we find any message or messenger within the alternative media to be totally 100% true…
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