It comes to mind that in this wonder world of tomorrow there is something essential lacking from yesteryear. The essential element that makes human existence bearable perhaps even possibly pleasant. That quality is truth. Truth is not to be confused with ‘fact’ the daily production of which seems like a mountain range to a flea. Truth is the wind that carries the smallest of fleas over the mountain range to an undiscovered place beyond. Yet, how does one take the imperfect science of language and bend it towards what it is, and more appropriately in the current time, what it is not?
Let me start with a simple listing of some of what it is and is not:
Truth is something impossible to see with clarity on a television screen.
Truth is an outburst that might be hinted at but never actually spoken out loud on the radio.
Truth is caught within the subtext that doesn’t seem to fit anymore in newsprint.
Truth is not what your best friend talks about all morning the next day at work.
Truth is not to be found in the tiny print on a contract at the car dealership, . . .
. . . in advertisements for prescription drugs,
. . . or in the routine correspondence department of revenue of your local municipality,
. . . on any offer for credit cards or bank accounts.
Truth is coldly absent from the lips of any politician holding office or currently running for same.
Truth cannot be found printed under the scratch or peel of lottery tickets, . . .
. . . beneath the dealer’s hand at the casino,
. . . within a woman’s brassiere or a man’s jock,
. . . under the button press of a 1-800 number.
Truth is conveniently hidden by algorithms on Google, Yahoo, Bing, AOL, Ask, and all the other major search engines.
Truth is not answering a question with another question.
Truth is not interviewing another interviewer as opposed to those who are actually spoken about.
Truth is not creating a panel of experts to study a problem and never entertain the facts, . . .
. . . always become buried in minutia,
. . . hold meaningless press conferences,
. . . never make a reasonable conclusion.
Truth is not what you are going to hear from children brought up and influenced by all of the above.
But on the other hand . . .
Truth is what you have experienced that others cannot dissuade from acknowledging.
Truth is a promise made and kept.
Truth is the filmy residue that has replaced what once were clouds up in the sky.
Truth is that the most important items that you hold dear in life will make your existence shorter.
Truth is the ceaseless rise in price of the basic staples of life.
Truth is that everything material will be cast away in the rubbish heap or melted down to be refashioned into something else.
Truth is that everyone that you once knew will one day be a stranger.
Truth is the same old persistent image in the mirror just reversed left to right.
Truth is that every day of one’s life is a constant struggle.
Truth is that you can only count on yourself in the end.
Truth is that everything that lives will one day die.
The truth is that the truth, like life, will only be what you make it.