Are You Able To See the Picture?, Entry for March 04, 2008   Leave a comment

8688Image: Are You Able To See the Picture? — kenne

Are You Able To See the Picture?

Most people “don’t understand the show,” because they are not able to see the picture. Okay, I admit you see something, but what are you seeing if the image is not clear? Just as with a digital image, the clearness or resolution is dependent on the amount of information contained in the picture. The more information, pixels in the cast of a digital image, the better we are able to see the picture, from which we are able to reason. Whether we utilize deductive or inductive reasoning, each is dependent on observations. If no observation is made, or if the observation lacks clarity, then any ability to reason is based on “blind faith.” Therefore, some who are perceived as being conveyors of information, “are not engaged in the enterprise are all,” and are indifferent to the truth – or at least an indifference to finding the truth. In today’s world, it is more common to hear the statement, “It is the truth.” rather than, “Is it the truth?”

Thomas Jefferson’s famous line, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal . . .” is considered by all as a statement of truth, but is it? It is more a statement of belief that should always be guarded by the question, “Is it the truth?”

The other morning, while working at the computer, I was listening to the President’s news conference – not paying much attention, that is, until I heard a reporter asking a question reference the $4 a gallon for gasoline. As the reporter continued his question, as if suddenly waking up, Bush interrupted, “Wait — what did you say? The reported responded that many analysts have making the projection. (Actually, some pumps in California already have reached the $4 level.)

“Oh, yeah?” Bush said. “That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that.”

This coming from a president that wants to continue allowing tax breaks to oil companies. Bush’s bewilderment brought back memories of when his father’s supermarket counter moment demonstrated a similar lack of knowledge of something so common to life in everyday America. (It must be a “DNA” thing.) In the president’s “Is it the truth?” dialog with the reported, it was apparent that his lack of any environmental-scan knowledge of the economy was not a question of seeking the truth, but one of reasoning based on an indifference to the truth.

As for seeing the picture, for some of us the picture is changing, which brings to mind the John Clare poem, The Flitting:

Time looks on pomp with careless moods
Or killing apathys disdain
– So where old marble citys stood
Poor persecuted weeds remain
She feels a love for little things
That very few can feel beside
And still the grass eternal springs
Where castles stood and grandeur died


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