After reading the headlines this morning I realized we are living in a post-truth era. It’s not that truth no longer exists, it’s that truth is no longer demanded, valued or even considered relevant.
One gets the sense that truth has become an impediment..an obstacle to overcome, an “inconvenience,” a speed bump on the road to achieving your goal or getting what you feel you deserve.
The other day I got into a heated discussion with a friend about the transmission of Covid-19. At one point the person angrily said “if it was up to people like you, we’d all be forced to stay home!” **
**I interrupt this story to share a confession: sometimes I want to explode..I really do. I get tired and aggravated and I literally want to let out a big, guttural yell, the kind that would echo through the mountains. I want to wave my arms in the air, make silly faces, stomp barefoot on a cupcake and then see how far I can spit just for fun..alone of course..not within 6 feet of anyone.. (just wanna make that clear.)
I took a deep breath and tried to make my point..again. I reassured the person that I was just stating a fact about how the disease is transmitted. I wasn’t saying ONE THING about masks or quarantine or anything like it. I was presenting a FACT..the TRUTH..and what that person decides to do – or not do – because of – OR IN SPITE OF- that truth is NONE OF MY DARN BUSINESS.
I hear a lot these days about “being on the right side of history”– super interesting concept and all, but you know what matters much more to me on a regular, daily basis? Being on the right side when choosing between a lie and the truth.
It’s really THAT simple..
and thanks to the moment we find ourselves in..
it’s really THAT hard.