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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Word For The Week

From PARRISH, The Thoughts

If Truth is stranger than fiction, why are people so compelled to make stuff up?

Whether it's James Frey and his all too recent understanding of what separates truth from fiction, or the President of the United States and his own idea of selective truth, it becomes more and more obvious that truth isn't what it used to be.

Mind you, this is the SAME president that led us into war under two premises, neither proven to any degree of verification, both exhaustively refuted in the mainstream media, and both believed by a majority of Americans despite said refutation:
  1. Saddam Hussein played a role in 9/11
  2. Saddam Hussein had WMD
And lest you think only rich white folk have the sickness, consider the case of one Willie Lynch.

You DO know...the letter is a fake, right?

The immediate response by those who float this stuff out there is to act as though since the letter addresses some actual issues that we as African-Americans face, it is just as relevant.


If it didn't actually happen, IT DIDN'T ACTUALLY HAPPEN.


You cannot use any lie to prove any kind of truth. No end is righteous enough to be justified by that means.

Yet it pervades our very fabric. And with the emergence of the Internet and it's inherent anonymity, the lure to stretch and contort a small and simple kernel of truth into an all-you-can-eat buffet of justification is just too easy to pass up.

Sending an email asking you to Watch Jamie Foxx's special on NBC because he has a diverse cast of African-American characters isn't enough; there has to be a nefarious conspiracy against the man; who is everywhere at the moment.

Sometimes in our search for the "truth" we make mountains out of molehills when they are, in fact, merely molehills.

Is Kanye West REALLY comparing his plight to that of the Savior of the World?

No...he is just being Kanye West and trying to sell records and magazines.

Far be it for me to do any more to help him than to say his album is great.

Don't worry about the cover...its just marketing masquerading as truth.

No physical likeness - or movie for that matter - can compete with the actuality of what Jesus suffered and why. Some men wore crowns of thorns and some were crucified - justifiably in some cases - but only ONE man rose on the third day and saved me from my sins. Kanye West isn't that man, nor does he pretend to be.

Kanye West, in that tortured genius artist way of his, takes the little truths that live in his mind (George Bush doesn't care about Black People; I am the best in the world at what I do, I have NO problem telling you so, and I think deep down you are jealous of the whole thing) and cultivates them into something that has you talking about him, which is ultimately what this is all about.

To get worked up about a media stunt like that is only to feed into the very insanity such beliefs rely on to survive.

"The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies." - Sir Francis Bacon

May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
And may the LORD,
Who wants you to accept the Truth,
May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.

Emancipated by Athanasius @ 11:00 AM

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