Can You Handle the Truth?
A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as plain as the nose on your face. — The Blue Fairy, Pinocchio
It’s April Fools’ Day. Occurring once a year, it provides an excuse to play practical jokes and spread falsehoods to the gullible and the unsuspecting.
At the rate things are evolving, we might have to observe it all year through.
In a recent cover story, Time asked if truth is dead. I’d say the answer is no. In a highly polarized environment that leaves little room for compromise, however, truth has become relative. One is inclined to accept or dismiss it based on partisan lines.
Take the case of President Trump’s claim that former President Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower during the last presidential campaign. From the looks of it, it was a lame attempt to divert the conversation from the issue of his 2016 campaign colluding with the Russians.
Although the FBI director and others in the intelligence community testified in congress that there was no information to support his allegation, it doesn’t stop Trump partisans from believing it.
President Trump has made other assertions that don’t pass the credibility test. Still, his supporters consider them as true.
I guess we have come to the point that facts don’t matter anymore. We tend to believe what we wanted to believe.
According to Scientific American, new research has shown that “climate may have played an important role in how the nose’s internal structure evolved.”
As the trend continues, it can be expected that noses will get longer and longer like Pinocchio starting in the Trump administration.