‘Post-truth’ is deﬁned in the dictionary like this: ‘Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less inﬂuential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’ It played out in politics in 2016 like this: Politicians would make a factual claim. Journalists, statisticians and others would check the facts, ﬁnd them to be wrong, and point this out. But it wouldn’t matter. Because as long as politicians were appealing to people’s strong feelings about something, nobody would care when the fact was shown to be wrong.
Last year, certain buzzwords started getting used more and more frequently in people’s conversations, on TV and in the press and social media. ‘Brexit.’ ‘Post-truth.’ ‘Mindfulness.’ In a couple of weeks, I’ll preach about a Christian response to the idea of ‘post-truth.’ This morning, as we look at responding to key ideas in our generation, we’re going to look at the concept of ‘mindfulness’ with our Bibles open.