There are always two sides of a story
by DUB MOWERY
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OFTEN WHEN witnesses of a car accident relate what they saw happen contrasts with other versions of the same automobile wreck. This does not necessarily mean that a witness is deliberately misrepresenting what he or she saw. It might be that the witnesses were at opposite locations and what one actually saw the other didn’t, and vice versa. There is also the possibility that the accident happened so quickly “witnesses” didn’t actually see what they think they saw.

You or I might jump to a conclusion after hearing one version of a story or event. In all fairness we should carefully listen or read different views or versions of whatever is in consideration before coming to our own conclusion about it. We may unconsciously want to accept one version over the other and therefore quickly dismiss one in favor of the other.

The political climate between liberals and conservatives has become quite intense. It seems that the national news media is biased one way or the other on politics. It leaves one feeling maybe he didn’t get the whole story. To include a half-truth of what is being reported is intentionally misleading. Reporters should strive to present news precisely and completely without being bias one way or the other. Their responsibility is to provide the news, not deliberately “doctor-it-up” to suit them. Balance news reporting of national news media may become almost extinct.

Usually “there are two sides of a story” yours and mine! In such situations neither may be right. In such cases the truth may lie somewhere in between two contrasting versions of whatever is being discussed. None of us should be so stubborn that we will not give the other person a fair hearing. Prejudice might cause one to reach the point of: “Don’t confuse me with the facts my mind is already made-up!”

THE PROVERB: “There are two sides to every story” has been traced back in England to 1742; and then in the United States in the 1802 Diary and Autobiography of John Adams. It was expressed as far back as 485 to 410 B. C. Protagoras said “There are two sides to every question.” Euripides in about 428 B. C. stated: “In a case of dissension, never dare to judge till you’ve heard the other side.” Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, by Gregory V. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)

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