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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

What Are You Going to Do with That?

Courtesy of the Church Secretary


Whether you know it yet or not, you have doomed yourselves by learning how to read, learning how to question, learning how to doubt.

Finding yourself forced to see the gulf between what you are told about the world, whether it's your government doing the telling, or your boss, or even your family or friends, and what you yourself can't help but understand about that world -- this is not always a welcome kind of vision to have. It can be burdensome and awkward and it won't always make you happy.

Our officials believe that power can determine truth, as an unnamed senior adviser to the President explained to a reporter last fall:

"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. [1]

1. See Ron Suskind, "Without a Doubt," the New York Times Magazine, October 17, 2004.

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