Reflections on telling the truth

 

To tell the truth in every case

May seem quite edifying.

But I don’t care how straight your face

It’s pretty clear you’re lying.

Filed under: human nature, mores

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  • Regardless if anyone tells "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth," it is the inconsistencies that trip one up. Those eventually catch up with you, such as the famous "I'm chasing two white men and a black man" who were apparently Dr. Kevorkian.

  • In reply to jack:

    'Regardless...it is inconsistencies that trip one up.'...this absolutely defines our time. We live by the dialectic. We listen, we wait, and when we hear this inconsistency, we crush. It's why the Judeo-Christian myth has been so decimated by our intellectual elite. It is quantity, not quality. We'll keep swirling down any drain, so long as it's consistent.

    'All things are subject to interpretation, which ever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.'
    -Nietzsche

  • In reply to 4zen:

    "udeo-Christian myth"

    It sure appears that the administration at Wheaton college has put a nail into that one.

  • In reply to jack:

    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Did Ralph attend a trial where the first question was "you are a convicted liar, aren't you?"

  • Having just made a deposit on Your Doubting Thomas, that reminds me of 2 things that unmask liars--cameras and social media.

    1. There was an article in the Trib. about "cracking cards," a check kiting scheme. While the defendant's lawyer said that rappers are just messing around, the FBI affidavit had that the FBI had FB messages soliciting participants, and video surveillance from ATMs and Walmarts showing the defendants withdrawing money.

    2. In the case of the Bundys, there were plenty of YouTubes implicating the participants, and videos of when the guy who said he would not be taken alive was shot, despite the social media denials.

    3. Then we get to the Katrina Pierson tweets, and Trump retweeting an antisemitic tweet. I don't care what the sheep supporter who Trump said would support him even if he shot someone on 5th Ave. says here, and notwithstanding any debate over the schlonging--Trump curries the support of bigots and antisemites. It's on the record.

  • In reply to jack:

    Left this for you on Your Doubting Thomas:

    Here is your story checked on Snopes.. It appears Ms. Pierson is African-American and made her comments well before working for Mr. Trump. Though it appears not to be racism, personally I'm not comfortable with it.

    Not sure how Brian feels about it, though in a post on Jesse Jackson Brian wrote about the dangers of Mr. Jackson inserting racism into a situation where none exists. Brian writes...'he has done that again: forced himself into a situation, exploiting the race of an individual involved for his own gain.'....'By finding a racial controversy when there isn't one, he diminishes true problems when they happen.'

    So the question is Jack, have you forced yourself into a situation, exploiting the race of an individual involved for your own gain? Are you finding racial controversy where there isn't one and diminishing true problems?

    I support a candidate because I think it will be good for our country, insinuating anyone who supports Trump is a racist, is your own kind of bigotry.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I read it there, so you wasted your time hitting Control-C and Control-V. Why don't you go back there and read my response?

  • Thanks for a fine poem and a great discussion-starter. Both reinforce for me that "The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" are three different criteria.

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