Sunday, November 07, 2004

Ruthless Honesty, Not Truthless Homily

That subject line will never catch on like a meme which is probably why it has taken me two years to work it into my writing. But BuzzFlash just put up a reader's contribution that offers me a bridge:
In Robert Heinlein's classic book "Stranger in a Strange Land", there was a character who was a 'Fair Witness'. A Fair Witness was trained to be a scientifically objective witness, so objective that their testimony in a court of law was automatically accepted as Truth, unaffected by any subjectivity, emotion, or bias. We need to be our own Fair Witnesses to this time in our country. Be rigorously honest with yourself about this.
Author Ruth Lopez makes a point very similar to what I was getting at in my Aftermath entry. It requires a measure of discipline to always distinguish the mythological frames from reality. It requires ruthless honesty, not truthless homily to call others on the same thing.
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
--George Orwell



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