Separating what is fact from fiction

Phil Collins’ popular song entitled, Both Sides of the Story contains the following lyrics:

And the lights are all on, the world is watching now.
People looking for truth, we must not fail them now.
Be sure, before we close our eyes,
Don’t walk away from here, till you hear both sides.

Today, more than ever, Americans are searching, longing for the truth. But in our quest for answers we often forget that every story, much like a coin, has two sides to it. Sadly, we’ll listen to whoever might be speaking the loudest at any given moment. Does that mean their story is factual and relevant? No, it simply means they realize that in order to deflect blame from themselves they have to publicly blame someone else.

It’s a methodology which has been practiced time and time again and does little to solve the problems we face in our homes, our jobs or even in our government.

It’s never easy to know what is completely factual in life, especially when there always seems to be yet another expert contradicting our previous conceptions. What we must practice is how best to gather as much information as possible from both sides of the story before being able to accurately conclude what is fact and what is fiction.