Saturday, June 02, 2007

Two Half-Truths Don’t Make the Whole Truth

The unfortunate development of politics is that it has become partisan and increasingly petty -- and thus ineffective, because the original intent was to unite the whole community in concerted and deliberative action. When anything becomes its own antithesis -- it obviously negates and destroys itself, creating the need for the evolution to the next level that overcomes that futility. Ineffectiveness can not just go on indefinitely -- for no other purpose but to perpetuate itself.

Some societies perpetuate those behaviors as their “cultural heritage” -- because that was an important component of that culture, that has now become essentially extinct -- except for the annual rituals that revive those ties to the past. But that is all they are now -- a repetition in itself, with no meaning and purpose anymore. Such behaviors occupy the time and energy that could be devoted to productive ones.

A large part of that perceived divisiveness is the result of the reporting -- or the representation of the issue as an eternal argument between the left and the right, liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican -- as though that was necessary to understand the particulars, rather than a distraction from ever understanding the issues without these preconceived notions (prejudices) of them. So this battle becomes the entirety of the issue, rather than any resolutions beyond the partisanship -- which of course, would be the statesmanship, politics at its best is about.

At its worst, politics is about these personal struggles and ambitions of one against every other for sole dominance and prominence -- and then once one is there, their entire preoccupation is to maintain that status at the top of the pecking order rather than do any possible good for anybody else. It becomes entirely self-serving and self-aggrandizing, and any other perception than the one they wish it to be, is considered the assault against the sensibilities.

A half-truth is a nice way of saying something is a lie -- because that’s what it is if it is not an attempt at the whole truth. Another half-truth to counter that distortion, doesn’t bring everyone closer to the whole truth -- but multiplies the deceptions, distortions and manipulations into hopeless confusion. More testimonies of partial (partisan) truth (lies) then makes the arrival at any truth impossible. And that is what a lot of so-called hearings are all about these days -- for which the most astute have realized is futile to attend when it is clear what the "forum of inquiry" has already decided. It becomes a mockery of justice and fairness -- justified by simply being the reality of partisan politics, which should never be acceptable -- rather than convincing us that is the way it is now.

That’s how the media lost its moral bearings and authority -- and became essentially useless. The reporters became so overwhelmed by the arguments and deceptions, that they are the first of the casualties of such battles to deceive and manipulate -- because of their superficial knowledge pretending to know more than they actually do. That is clear from the confusion in their reporting -- that while the words are all there -- they have no idea what they are talking about, but have to continue because that is their job and what is expected of them. Their editors know even less -- because all they know are the words, and that they should have any meaning, is somebody else’s job.

5 Comments:

At June 02, 2007 8:25 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

There is a misperception in contemporary "journalism" that believes that all that is necessary to represent the truth faithfully is to find two counterbalancing partisan points of view (distortions) and the presentation of them will equal the truth -- rather than two lies, that compound one another.

Most of the senseless arguments and ill-will is created in just that way, that easily -- and could disappear just as easily with that awareness -- and seek the whole truth of the matter as the only version that is required -- and not the two, three and escalating more deceptions that fan the controversies and misunderstandings -- as their public service, and misguided idea of useful work in this society.

A lot of otherwise bright people are "taught" that that's what intelligent people do -- create innumerable arguments to prove their intellectual superiority -- rather than solve problems without worrying if they get the proper credit for it. But that's what intelligent people do.

 
At June 02, 2007 9:41 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Of course it makes sense to find the unbiased point of view as the only view worth reporting -- and not all the distortions, contrived and deceptive. Once that clarity is lost, an information source becomes worthless -- and rightfully needs to be ignored and avoided.

People who try to justify the biased point of view as the inevitable and unavoidable, are telling us about their own approach to honesty, rather than everybody else's they're claiming to speak for and represent. "Everybody lies," is telling us the truth of that speaker, obviously. Those who believe in honesty, they dismiss as the "idealistic" or "naive."

They want us to generalize that all politicians cannot be believed -- and that nobody at the state capitol is an honest person. Those are the people you don't want as sources -- rather than being one's "regularly quoted ones." That is the obvious failing of the old media -- that they return time after time to the propaganda-mongers as though it is different this time, or is objective as long as they interview the others -- but "don't have space to print the others."

 
At June 02, 2007 9:52 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Avoiding the dishonest, doesn't mean avoiding "everybody," because those who are not disqualified, are the only people worth knowing -- who are likely not to be those most aggressive in pushing out everybody else.

Politics is not the rocket science of human relationships and understanding. Everything that happens is fairly obvious, but the vanities cloud one's ability to see them.

So at these forums, most of the time and energy goes to flattering and cultivating the vanities of those who will make the decisions -- rather than actually presenting any substance.

"Those who grovel gets." Those who don't, are derided for being too arrogant for not.

 
At June 04, 2007 1:31 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Putting the number of deaths in Iraq into perspective:

16,185 MURDERS; 92,837 RAPES A YEAR IN USA...

http://drudgereport.com/

 
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