Once Upon a Time…: A Nation on the Edge of the Final Descent (II): A Culture of Lies, and a Desperate Need for Action

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2007/10/nation-on-edge-of-final-descent-ii.html


“It is not simply that our national discourse rests on a foundation of evasions, complicated by equivocations, twisted by avoidance, and rendered into meaningless insignificance by an uncountable series of lies. All of that is true, but it fails to capture the quality that is most striking to the perceptive observer. That quality is one of overwhelming, oppressive and suffocating unreality. It is as if everyone knows, but will never acknowledge, that we may speak only in code, and that we may only utilize the safe, empty phrases that we have agreed are “acceptable” — phrases and language that are safe precisely because they have been drained of all correspondence to facts. It is as if everyone realizes, but will never state, that we are engaged in an elaborate charade, a pageant of gesture and indication, where substance and specific meaning have been banned.”

R.D. Laing said it better though, and even summed it up more concisely than this article ever will:
“They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game.”

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