Wednesday, July 4, 2007
"...Our entire system of justice relies on telling the truth. And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable," Bush said.
Is he being self-referential in that quote? Actually, it doesn't matter, who he's talking about. In no way shape or form can he actually mean that. This gets strikingly similar to the age-old paradox, "next statement true. last statement false."
I was thinking the other day while walking around with my sweetie in Bethesda, MD that perhaps the biggest problem with our American culture is that the 8th commandment is so thoroughly trounced on as to be irrelevant. (Commandment 8, for those who've forgotten, is "Thou shalt not bear false witness." We can talk about the others some other day.)
We expect our government to lie to us, especially during wartime. Consequently, the current administration couldn't wait to get us into a war situation, with George Bush even calling himself a "war president," which could be interpreted as "a president who works best when deceit and mistrust is the standard operating procedure."
We expect that corporations are lying to us in commercials about the effectiveness of their products to satisfy our needs, or to otherwise make us happy.
However, we expect individuals to tell the truth, EXCEPT when they're working in the capacity of some larger organization's agenda. Isn't that interesting?
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If you are a friend of mine, chances are good you will heed my recommendation to buy, beg, borrow or steal (thou shalt not, actually) a copy of Chuck Klosterman's book "Killing Yourself to Live." Its that good.
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