In The Spotlight
And when people in power and in the headlines manipulate information, say one thing and mean something entirely different, and lie repeatedly, even obviously, they are attempting to take away your power by undermining your sense that there is a clear reality out there. They can create psychological and social chaos. The lie is not just a lie. It is an attempt to undermine your sense of control over your life. It is an attempt to get you to live as if your life were a memory. With a truth, you can have a two-way conversation; a lie is an attempt to make it one-way.
Walls have their uses . . . and abuses. Composer Phil Spector built a wall of sound. Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall reminds us of ancient spirituality. Rockers Pink Floyd pivoted their music around a symbolic wall. Robert Frost’s walls made good neighbors.
Philosopher J. Krishnamuriti once said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” We have lost the sense of how ill this society has become. It is as if our humanity is being genetically modified to deny our intrinsically altruistic attributes. Callous and self-serving actions toward one another have become the norm and many are numb to the injustice and oppression that is quickly blending into the everyday landscape of America.