Beef: (n) the flesh of a cow, bull, or ox, used as food.
It’s always a battle over three distinctly different approaches:
- What I know
- What I think
- What ends up being true
Actually, most of us don’t know much of anything for certain. What we claim to know is usually an advanced stage of belief. In other words, people will tell you they know there’s a heaven, but that’s because they believe it very strongly.
Knowing is tough. Yet if we act like we don’t know, people accuse us of being dumb. So often, we insist we know without really knowing.
Which brings us to think.
Think is a dangerous combination of prejudice, upbringing and bad experience which we have equated with certainty as being valid. Of course, it can be good experience which leaves us idealistic.
But here’s the kicker: most people blend what they think and what they know and call it truth.
That’s why we fight all the time. Because what you think and know is not what I think and know.
So we have to be extremely humble about what we know, and mighty careful about what we think. Otherwise we will soon miss what ends up being true.
From year to year, the opinion on beef has gone from being an excellent source of protein to a murderer of the human heart.
If you bring the subject up, some folks will tell you they’re vegetarians because they want to be healthy, and other folks will never eat a vegetable unless steak has become one.
So once again, we’re stuck on this “think” and “know”–in danger of failing to find out what is true.
Beef is actually no different from prunes. You know the old saying about prunes: Are two enough? Are six too many?
Because if you eat just the right number of prunes, you will have happy times in the bathroom. If you eat too many, you will experience frequent toilet miles.
The same is true with beef.
Eat it every once in a while, and it is an immense builder of protein and strength for your body.
Eat too much beef and it turns into all sorts of heartfelt problems.
So take the time to be careful about what you know. And always be cautious to preface what you think with those glorious words, “In my opinion…”
Because truth eventually stumbles along. And the truth of the matter is, beef is like everything else:
It’s good until it becomes bad.
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