Fandango’s Provocative Question #30

FPQWelcome 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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3-2-1 Quote Me! — Truth

87DDB886-7B50-4250-A651-0DCB5B7C7C94Sadje, 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.

  1. Thank the selector
  2. Post two quotes on the topic (truth)
  3. 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.”

Albert Einstein

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.

Yes, I’m Angry

5B25D55D-D91C-409E-B0BC-B5B2E7829AA0I’m upset.

I’m frustrated.

I’m disappointed.

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.

JusJoJan — So Help Me God

82cab2ad-b8f2-4519-bb50-c409fe129a8dToday’s word for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt is “testify” and it was suggested by Dan Antion over at No Facilities.

What I will never be able to understand is how anyone who is summoned to testify before Congress or who is subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury and who is under oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help him (or her) God can lie.

Share Your World — Magic, Messy, Truthful Art

I’m late with this post. I intended to post it yesterday because yesterday was Monday and you know what Monday means, right? It’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. So, since I’m a day late, without further ado….

What’s the closest thing you’ve experienced to real magic?

At the risk of sounding schmaltzy, I can name four times I felt “the magic.” The night I met my future wife, the day we got married, the day my daughter was born, and the day my son was born.


Who is the messiest person you know? And why? 

Me. Some people think I’m meticulous, but the truth is, when it comes to keeping things like my desk and my office neat, I’m lazy. Hence, despite my attention to detail, my work area is always a mess.


If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?

What’s it all about?


What benefits does art provide society? Does art hurt society in any way?

Art is an artistic expression of creativity and the world would be a dull and boring place we’re it not for various forms of artistic endeavors. Does art hurt society? No. What hurts society is when people attempt to censor or ban artistic expression.


What’s something positive you’d like to share? Can be a smile, a joke, or music…anything that gave you a lift this week!

The New England Patriots won the AFC championship game Sunday night in an exciting overtime victory and will be playing in the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year! Go Pats!E6A88387-60B8-4150-B039-6058135B1840.jpeg