Up at the Pole another summer has passed, and up at 85° latitude the midnight sun is setting. As we watch that sunset, I have some simple questions about the simple Truth.
First, would you call the Pole ice-free? Why not? Lying is profitable, so why don’t you join the club?
Communist Russia had a long history of regarding Truth in cynical manner, freely maiming It and warping it into atrocious propaganda. They regarded even friends, supporters and allies as “useful idiots”. Across the Caspian, Persia (Iran) had to battle this superpower, and the Shah had to battle his own young college students who were useful idiots, and in the end both he and the students lost. The winner, if downfall can be called victory, was a perverted form of Islam which seemingly takes a specific clause of the Koran, meant to apply only to certain situations involving flagrantly wicked Byzantine corruption and Gestapo-like cruelty, and makes it into the clause, “It is acceptable to lie to infidels.”
Wrong. Truth cannot be taught by telling lies. Not that we in the west are saints, as many of our businessmen believe it is acceptable to lie to customers, and many of our politicians believe it is acceptable to lie to voters, and Madison Avenue makes a profitable business out of such lying.
However Truth does not need to be told to be True. It is. It stands alone, like the sea ice in the above picture, and not all the racket of yammering nincompoops can deny it.
At some point we all face a choice. Do you believe in a government of the people and for the people, or do you believe in self-serving self-interest? Do you believe in telling the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth, or do you swear on the Bible with your fingers crossed? Will you lie for a buck (or for a word that rhymes)?
So look again at the above picture of a sunset. Would you call that Arctic Sea ice-free?