Saturday, January 07, 2006

Mission Statement (or something like it)

“The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you, but what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says, but rather to what he does not say.” - Kahlil Gibran
The world is filled with fakery. Call it slogans, spin, propaganda, talking points, party platforms, or Bill O'Reilly the effort to disguise reality has become an industry. The tool may be misdirection (the President is spying on Americans ... oh, wait, look, there is a War on Christmas), offuscation (Scott McClellan), or confusion (Alan Greenspan) but the goal is always the same. Hide the truth, disguise reality. Behind a collection of words that on the surface appear meaningless but upon close inspection are merely vacuous is the hint of truth, the merest speck of reality. I want to find and share these little flakes of reality from the flacks of government.