Recently, my website tag line has read “ὁ γὰρ καιρὸς ἐγγύς“. I chose this knowing full well that it would be understood by hardly anyone. It is the last words of Revelation 1:3, “because (γὰρ) the time ( ὁ καιρὸς) is near ( ἐγγύς)”.
Over 19 centuries have passed since that was written, possibly begging the question of “what does ‘near’ mean?”. I don’t want to go there. Let’s instead talk for a moment about “seem”.
Nearly years ago I adopted a personal tag line, “Things are not what they seem”. It was not prefixed with “Warning” and it did not include quote marks around “seem”, but I understood the word in that way anyway. The statement, a warning, itself seems to have been inspired by “Warning: Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear”, or something to that effect.
We talk about many things that “seem” to be this way or that. We often do so as if our impression or opinion made them so. This is one way of looking at “things”. There are others. My point, however, at the moment, is that the things we imagine to be so because they seem that way are not necessarily so.
They might be or they might not be so. Other things are required in order to make a determination. Among those is “evidence”. Those who make their life decisions based upon what others (or they themselves) merely claim, without evidence, are vulnerable to making many poor life decisions, and possibly even fatal ones.
That’s all I have to say about this for now. Think about it.