sometimes a detail is a clue
March 17, 2011 § 1 Comment
I found myself struggling to land at a consistent position regarding this. Truth and persuasion…should these two be linked as goals? My gut tells me truth should persuade all on its own, that it needs nothing but itself. My gut also tells me all humans are inherently kind and good, so my gut should not be trusted on these things. So perhaps truth does need a little help, a little “nudging” of words (okay, Gary Lutz? This is where you can nudge your words into place), in order to make it truthier.
What continues to jump up and act out and refuse to behave, in the think tank of my mind, is the sense of unease whenever we entrust others to decide truth for us. Who creates truth and then crafts it so that we accept it? Can we trust him, them? All the time, every single day? In a very American way we do hand over our decision-making abilities to those we trust to tell us only the truth and act only in our best interests – government, media, law enforcement – while recognizing that these systems fail us daily.
I don’t have a point, just that it makes me nervous. Oh, and that I’d love to take the police academy writing class. It sounds like a fabulous way to get in touch with your words and better understand their power.