I posted on FaceBook recently to address the way a political group had put together their ‘call to rise’ against…. it doesn’t matter what they are against – that isn’t the point. The point is if you are going to publish or speak an arrangement of words intending to bring people to your point of view, I believe the truth needs no window dressing… and their truth had plenty of window dressing.
I get it – it’s tempting to play the tune in a way that might attract not just those in the choir, but also the parishioners and maybe even a few people walking by the church. When you blur over the specifics and cast a wide net you can sure bring in a lot more people with “THE WORLD IS GOING TO END SOON” as opposed to “Some scientists believe that if we continue at our current trend of polluting and living as we have, the world will self-destruct in 1000 years” (while this could be true – “I” am just making this up – please no one get your panties in a twist).
When it’s laid out like that we can all see the difference. The first statement is accurate as far as generalizations go but “soon” is subjective, as is “recently” and statements that only tell half the story – most often, the part of the story that is most beneficial for the cause.
All I want is the truth, and, if it’s complicated, it would be nice if someone can break it down into smaller bits for me but if not, I’ll either research it or not but the truth doesn’t lean. The truth doesn’t have a side or a position or a political party or a cause – it just ‘is’ and that’s the way I would like it.
Fast and loose with the truth seems to be the way to be today. The United states has a President that seems to dream up things to say that bear no resemblance to the way things are – denies that things happened when there is actual video footage documenting the event, lies so frequently that one starts to assume everything he says is a lie or at least a half-truth and employs a staff of people who’s sole purpose seems to be either explaining why what he said isn’t what we think he said or repeating it over and over again in a manner strangely resembling a 3 year old’s magical thinking.
We now even have a term, “alternative facts” a term that when googled as of right now nets 238 million results. Back in the day, ‘alternative facts’ were, well, and still are, simply ‘fiction’.
The point is that it happens more and more and with every alternative fact that is swallowed up by people that are willing to accept them without holding anyone to a standard that says “this is unacceptable” gives society at large less to live up to and soon we will have to research every statement that is ever made because no one will be trustworthy.
You think that’s not a big deal? Nicotine isn’t addictive and is harmless. how’s that for a big deal?
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