Open and Shut

8C713F80-9D6B-4EC0-AE93-659195D86805Melanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind has posted a variation of her Share Your World prompt. She’s calling it “An Open Share Your World” that asks many more questions than usual. She also pointed out that the questions might be considered more philosophical than mundane. 

So, since I enjoy these Q&A prompts, especially philosophical ones, why not?

Q: What would you say was a normal status for you?

Before the 2016 presidential election, my normal was friendly, easy-going, optimistic, and happy. Since the election, my normal is angry, depressed, frustrated, and cynical. I liked my old normal much better than my new normal.

Q: Is there anything you’ve allowed yourself to do more of which has shifted your experience of yourself?

Blogging

Q: Has aging actually been a bonus rather than a minus for you?

I miss the vigor and excitement of my youth, but I am thoroughly enjoying the leisure of retired life. Or at least I was until the 2016 presidential election.

Q: What does a powercut mean for you, metaphorically or otherwise?

“Powercut”? Is that when the electric company cuts your power when you haven’t paid your bill? Or an extreme haircut? That term honestly means nothing to me, metaphorically of otherwise. But maybe I’ll use it as inspiration for a flash fiction post.

Q: Have you ever thought/felt that you were broken (or had finally fractured after an extended period of too much stress) and that this was actually a good thing?

No. I’ve never felt broken or fractured due to stress. Due to klutziness, though, I’ve had a few broken or fractured bones, but I never thought of that as a good thing.

Q: What’s your favorite subject (or subjective perspective) and why?

I’m really not sure what this means, but I would think that a subjective perspective is one that is not objective. Well, give me any topic that calls for an opinion and I’ll be happy to share with you my subjective perspective. Is this an answer or did I just repeat the question using different words?

Q: What have you recently watched and do you know why you watched it? Did you learn anything from it?

I spent all day yesterday watching the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. I watched it to see if perhaps a miracle would happen and Republicans and Democrats might conduct themselves in a nonpartisan manner. What I learned is that we are all fucked.

Q: What do you think is meant by a “social must”?

A “social must”? I suppose it means a social obligation, like when your daughter’s husband’s parents invite you over for Thanksgiving dinner and you really don’t want to go but you know that if you don’t go, there will be feelings hurt. If that’s what a “social must” is, then I think a “social must” is a pain in the butt.

Q: Have you ever forced yourself to read a must-read book? Which one and why?

No. I only read books that I want to read, not books that someone else has designated as a “must-read” book. That’s not to say, however, that some of the books that I have read or want to read aren’t also considered by others to be must-read books.

So, there you have it. Any questions?

Modern Love

It was a gradual process, but with her lithe body and jaunty style, she finally won my heart. “I really want her,” I said.

“Yes,” the technician said, “but you may want to consider waiting until the end of the year when we launch our latest innovation, the iGirl XI Plus. We’ve added some brilliant new features that I think you’ll find truly amazing.”C2967FDA-9F53-4519-8538-6D0AC8C7A4F8


Written for Your Daily Word Prompt (lithe), Word of the Day Challenge (jaunty), Daily Addictions (gradual), and Scotts Daily Prompt (innovation).

Repost — Facts Versus Truth

My blogging friend, James, started a comment he posted on one of my rants yesterday about the Senate Judiciary Committee’s “he said/she said” hearing yesterday, with this quote:

Archaeology is the search for fact … not truth. If it’s truth you’re interested in, Dr. Tyree’s philosophy class is right down the hall.” -Dr. Henry (Indiana) Jones Jr.

Of course, my post and James’ comment were in the context of the testimonies yesterday of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. What James said was, “What we’re looking for is (or should be) facts. What we might have to settle for is truth, but I don’t see how we’re going to get it.”

The Indiana Jones quote and what Jim wrote reminded me of my fourth or fifth post when I started this blog. And so, since it basically went unread when I posted it, I thought it might be a good time to shed some light on it.


Facts and TruthWhen I first read Faulkner’s quote (above), I was perplexed. I had always considered “facts” and “truth” to be synonyms. Even the definitions of the two words cross-reference one another:

Fact: something that actually exists; reality; truth.
Truth: conformity with fact or reality; a verified or indisputable fact.

Facts are used as proof of what is undeniably “the truth,” but are these words truly interchangeable or do they actually have different meanings and usage?

I was curious enough about the similarities and differences between these two words to do some Google research. And I learned that not everyone believes that they are synonymous. Some folks actually differentiate between the them using diametrically opposed logic.

One site argued that facts can be fleeting, enduring for but a moment. For example, the “fact” of someone’s location on a fast-moving train changes every instant. Truth, on the other hand is a more enduring type of fact, this source claimed.

Another site argued that if it’s a fact now, it will be a fact in the future, whereas truth is more temporal. Facts indicate a universal truth, while truth depends upon temporal circumstances. For example, that the sun appears to always rise in the east and set in the west is a fact. It will never change.

I found an interesting site, differencebetween.net, which provided four facts (or truths?) about facts and truths:

  • Facts are more objective when compared to the more subjective truths.
  • Facts are more permanent when compared to the more temporary truths.
  • Facts exist in reality, whereas truths are usually the things that one believes to be true, or the things that are true in the current situation.
  • Facts can also answer the ‘where,’ ‘when,’ and ‘how’ questions, whereas truths answer the ‘why’ question.

Truthiness

And then there is “truthiness,” a word first coined by Stephen Colbert a dozen years ago. Like when Bill Maher says, “I don’t know it for a fact…I just know it’s true,” truthiness is the quality of seeming to be true based upon one’s intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic or factual evidence. It’s when someone feels, believes, or wishes that something is true even when it is not supported by the facts.

So with both facts and truth under siege by Donald Trump and his surrogates, and with “alternative facts” and “false truths” being promulgated, I  have to wonder if Faulkner’s statement was extremely prescient and sadly reflective of where we are in the second decade of the 21st century.

So what do you think? Are the words “fact” and “truth” synonyms? Do you use them interchangeably in your oral and written communications? Or do these two words, as Faulkner believes, have little to do with each another?

And in today’s world, where truthiness means more to a lot of people than either facts or truth, does it even matter anymore?

Friday Fictioneers — Alone

8982DA0D-6588-4582-867A-CEA9A15517B4Dressed and ready for some coffee, Mark took the elevator to the hotel’s meeting room level on the third floor. He found the coffee station and poured himself a cup.

No one was around, which Mark found strange, given that the first meeting was scheduled to start in ten minutes. He took the elevator to the first floor and saw that not a soul was there. No guests, no one at the checkout counter, no doormen.

He stepped outside and saw that the streets were empty of cars and people. Totally alone, Mark wondered where everyone had gone.

(98 words)


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers. Photo credit: Yvette Prior.

FOWC with Fandango — Heart

FOWCWelcome to September 28, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “heart.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.