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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Our Silent Lies

Mark Twain on Silent Lies
Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight!" (1967)

Mark Twain here speaks of the “silent lie”. Surely the proclivity for the American people to engage in the silent lie has not diminished in our generation. What candidate would we now have to vie for the honor of outstanding silent lie? I would suggest two: the egregiously unfair distribution of wealth in America and the resolute refusal of the average person to be honest regarding their own sexuality. In the first instance we have in 2007 1% of the Americans owning 34.6% of the country’s total wealth, and the next 19% owning 50.5%. Thus, the top 20% of Americans owned 85% of the country's wealth and the bottom 80% of the population owned 15%. Financial inequality is even more egregious (( In the second instance we have the notion prevailing that the autonomic nervous system determines what is ethically proper and right. What bull crap we hear in both instances. First, we have given up the worship of God for the worship of capitalism (however bankrupt the notions of communism and socialism have proven to be). People in poverty in America are now in a state of permanent hopelessness unless and until we have the courage to stop lying that all is perfectly fine. The poison in the well of truth regarding sex far outweighs any peccadillos in the acts of sex. For example, I would sincerely like to see how many people would be left on this continent if everyone who has ever had a homosexual dream were to keel over dead. Yet we have the absurdity of homosexual dreams being given as proof certain of the validity of “gay” behavior even passed the days when it is more or less forgivable for little angels to play in the woods.

My friends I plead with everyone who reads my blog to dedicate themselves to the truth in these matters. Forget about what’s politically correct and begin with being honest with yourself. Let us save our nation from certain ruin if we persist in abject worship of these silent lies.

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