What is truth? This can be a challenge, but no matter whether one is a journalist, politician, mechanic or baker, it should be everyone’s quest. In Western Civilization, from religion to science to philosophy, one of the key goals in life is the search for objective truth, however elusive though it may be.
What is a lie? Is it simply the opposite of truth?
Not necessarily. This can be harder to determine, in fact, because to be a lie, there must be intent behind it. A statement or belief may be honestly held, but still be wrong. Is it then a lie?
So what do we do with the world of opinion, that broad realm in between? Time was, a newspaper tried its best to put objective truth on every page but one: the editorial page was the home of the in-between, the opinion, the presently unprovable but fervently believed.
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By John F. Di Leo –
The nation’s reaction to the current CCP Virus epidemic has been fascinating.
It has revealed an impressive ability of many businesses to adjust their operations at a moment’s notice. It has demonstrated the great advantages offered by modern technology as tools like Microsoft Teams, Webex, GoToMeeting and Facebook Live have enabled employees and students to move their tasks from office to home. It has shown the flexibility of the logistics network as we switched over to home delivery at a moment’s notice. It has reminded the world, once again, of the huge generosity of the American people, as Americans make homemade masks and scarves, donate money and food to the needy, and generally rise to the occasion as only Americans do.
But it has also revealed such inherent cancers as individual viciousness – see how the self-righteous demonize those who don’t agree with the establishment line on dealing with it. It has revealed a tyrannical impulse in many governors, mayors and other politicians. And it has revealed some incredible hypocrisy in our body politic.
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