It’s Monday and Melanie is once again asking us to Share Our World with each other. She has posed some intriguing questions for us this week, so let’s just hop to it.
What is truth?
Now this is a question I wish I would have thought of to ask on my weekly provocative question prompt. Technically speaking, truth is something that conforms with facts and reality. Unfortunately, in today’s world, we have “alternative facts” when the actual facts are in conflict with what someone chooses to believe. And we have “fake news” when the real news (i.e., reality) is not consistent with what someone chooses to accept as actual reality. Furthering the blurring of truth, we have Photoshopped images and deepfake videos that effectively “alter” facts and reality. Bottom line, we are living in a post-truth age and I’m not sure that the notion of truth even exists anymore. Any that’s the truth.
What’s one thing people would never know about you just by looking at you?
That I’m a stable genius. Oh wait. That’s the one thing people would never think about Donald Trump.
Do loud noises bother you?
Unfortunately, with my left ear being totally blocked, every noise I hear gets trapped inside my head and bothers me. Hopefully, after my surgery at the end of this month, that will be corrected.
If you were guaranteed the correct answer to just one question, what would you ask?
Seriously? You asked in the first question, “What is truth?” and my answer was that we live in a post-truth age. So is there really such a thing as a “correct answer” anymore? I guess that would depend upon who you ask.
What fills YOUR heart with joy?
Right now, not much. But seeing Trump impeached (likely) and removed from office (unlikely) would fill my heart with unbridled joy.
“I was just reading about that on some blog earlier today,” Jeff said.
“Damn, Jeff, I would have thought it unlikely that you’d be interested in that,” Carolyn said.
“Are you kidding me?” Jeff said. “Who wouldn’t be interested in the huge schism between the President and the truth?”
“I know,” Carolyn said, “but you’ve always seemed so apolitical.”
“Well, I’ve dabbled a little in political stuff to some extent,” Jeff said, “but that moron in the White House instigated this assault on truth with his constant lying, the latest of which is his lie about the path of the hurricane. He even went so far as to alter an official National Weather Service map with his Sharpie. I’m on the side of accuracy instead of his deceitful ways and his bullshit. I didn’t think I could ever have imagined that the actions and words of the head of our government would put the very notion of truth in jeopardy.”
Written for these daily prompts: Weekly Prompts (reading), Word of the Day Challenge (unlikely), Ragtag Daily Prompt (schism), Your Daily Word Prompt (dabble), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (instigate), The Daily Spur (accuracy), and Daily Addictions (could).
Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
Comedian Stephen Colbert coined the word “truthiness” a dozen or so years ago. Truthiness, Colbert explains, 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 similar to when Comedian Bill Maher says, “I don’t know it for a fact; I just know it’s true.” These describe a situation when someone feels, believes, or wishes that something is true even when it is not supported by the facts.
American novelist William Faulkner said, “Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”
So, to today’s question:
With everything that’s going on these days about what truth is and what facts are, do you believe truth and facts are synonymous, or do you concur with Faulkner that they have nothing to do with each other? And most important, does it even matter anymore?
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Sadje, at Keep It Alive, tagged me for the latest round of Rory’s 3-2-1 Quote Me! prompt. The topic for this prompt is TRUTH.
Here are the rules for this prompt.
- Thank the selector
- Post two quotes on the topic (truth)
- Tag three bloggers
So thank you Sadje.
Now here are my two quotes:
“One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are.”
American columnist Cal Thomas
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
Now I’m supposed to tag three bloggers, but you know what? I’m not going to tag three bloggers. I’m going to tag all bloggers to post two quotes on “truth.”
And that’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me blog.
And I’m pissed.
Don’t worry, though
I’ll get over it.
Because what choice do I have?
There’s really very little I can do.
But I am hopeful that, eventually, the truth will out.
And decency and sanity will be restored.
I am optimistic that this madness will end.
I am counting on the survival of our republic.
But just in case I’m wrong
And Donald Trump gets re-elected
I will be exploring other countries to move to.
Being an expat might not be so bad
Compared to staying around
And witnessing the dissolution
Of the American republic.