PROPOSAL TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Our very existence depends upon
the vigilance of our perceptions
and the veracity of the reports
on whose basis we negotiate our lives.
If you shut your eyes on the highway,
there's a good chance you'll crash your car.
Tolerance of falsehood is riding blind,
yet we live in a culture of falsehood.
We have grown tolerant of lying on every level
of our national existence.
We are numb to the lies that manufacturers tell
about the products that they are selling us;
we don't care that those sworn to protect us
lie about the dangers that threaten us;
that those engaged to enhance our lives
lie about the possibilities that are open to us.
Our leaders do not tell us
the principles upon which they truly act;
they mask their motivations,
distort the facts
upon which their acts are based,
and keep us from divining their consequences.
We accept as a matter of course
that persons in public life
will paint their public "face"
to maintain position and power;
that corporations will manipulate their public reports
to serve their interests;
that information about what is really going on
in the institutions that comprise
the context of our lives
cannot be got at.
Yet everybody hates being lied to.
In our private lives
we rarely stand for
what in public we barely notice.
The Truth is We Hate Being Lied To.
PROPOSAL TO CHANGE THE WORLD:
LET US ALL SIMPLY NOTICE AND ACKNOWLEDGE
ONE SIMPLE FACT:
WE DO NOT LIKE BEING LIED TO
And why shouldn't this be enough to change the world?