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On This Memorial Day Weekend — The Picture Of War   4 comments

“The Picture of War” — Image by kenne

see this picture

the picture of war

not really

it’s not clear

so little information

not able to reason

observation void

or is it

some will reason

based on blind faith

indifferent to the truth

yet people believe

it is the truth

rather than asking

is it the truth

wars exist

fed on

indifference to the truth

prompt with careless moods

minus the circumstances

left to question

only at death

a glorious war

where men stood

and truth died

still, tomorrow comes

she can feel beside

a picture changing

no longer accepting

only asking

is it the truth

— kenne

Source: Associated Press/Rocky Mountain News, Todd Heisler

Are You Able To See the Picture?, Entry from March 04, 2008   1 comment


Image by kenne

Are You Able To See the Picture?

Most people “don’t understand the show” because they cannot see the picture. Okay, I admit you see something, but what do you see if the image is not clear? Just as with a digital image, the clearness or resolution depends on the amount of information in the picture. The more information, pixels in the cast of a digital image, the better we can see the picture, from which we can 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 are perceived as being conveyors of information “is not engaged in the enterprise is all” and are indifferent to the truth – or at least an indifference to finding the truth. It is more common in today’s world 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 listened to the President’s news conference – not paying much attention, that is, until I heard a reporter asking a question referencing the $4 a gallon for gasoline. As the reporter continued his inquiry, Bush interrupted, as if suddenly waking up, “Wait — what did you say?” The reporter responded that many analysts have to project. (Actually, some pumps in California already have reached the $4 level.)

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

This comes 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 reporter, 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 apathy’s 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

— kenne

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