“My gut tells me”, and Michael, the radio commentator, continued to respond to a caller’s question. The caller spoke about the new union of ATT and Warner, and the consequences for citizens and Comcast. Michael initially said that he was not very familiar with the issue but, “My gut tells me,” and Michael gave his opinion.
Let us talk about ‘gutsy’ talk. Michael is not the only person to have ever expressed, ‘my gut tells me’. Everything we think or feel does not have to come from “I think” or “in my heart of hearts”. Sometimes we feel things deeper, or at least more deeply than from the heart. Sometimes we can’t just shut-up.
Back to ‘my gut tells me.’ At a joint meeting of the Chiefs of Staff in the Spring of 1945, President Truman was told about the Atom Bomb. Harry initially expressed his ignorance about uranium and plutonium. He did receive many memos about the technology of the bomb, but he once stated to an aide, is ‘fusion the same as fission, or are they just spelling errors?’ The aide thought that President Truman was just joking, but in fact he was not joking. The President was not at all clear about the technology, use, and consequences of the atom bomb, but one thing for sure. Straight talking Harry knew that his ‘gut’ talked to him, he approved the use of the bombs.
“Mr. Senator, sir would you please tell us your stand on the abortion bill.” asked the reporter.
Senator reflects on the reporter’s question and replies, “Well to tell you the truth”, (reporter interrupts)
“Yes Senator, I would like the truth.”
“As I was saying prior to your rather rude interruption, I am not that familiar with the particulars of the actual process of abortion, but I have a feeling that…”
(reporter interrupts again)
“Sir if you are not familiar with abortion how can you vote on the bill. How?”
“Miss, if you would please allow me to finish my statement. I was just going to say that in my heart of hearts, and in my guts, the whole idea sounds pretty disgusting. I mean really ugly. I have feelings, you know. And my guts (many guts) tell me, even without all the particulars it is not right.”
All too often when we are questioned about an issue, and we are not certain of the particulars, we do have a fallback position. That position is often grounded in ignorance followed by ‘my gut tells me’ and then a full-blown exposition rooted in ‘my heart tells me.’