Proposal

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. 

Therefore 

Consider this

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? 

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