#WednesdayWisdom: Speak your mind


In some ways, you could say politeness got us here, where we are, right now. And the people who steered that hulking, creeping, century-past ship counted on it.

They’re still counting on it.

Right now, they’re fanning themselves at the idea of the temerity of a ripped sheet of paper, as though that is the biggest crime to happen in the last three years.

Oh please.

Consequences for behavior belong on the actors. Don’t indulge false outrage. Challenge it. Don’t buy into the the ridiculous notion that all points of view, including the ones based in something very far from reality, are valid. Don’t be polite.

Speak your mind.

With that comes an avalanche of trolls, as I can attest. But block them. Don’t argue with them, they are the parasites that rush to the aid of their hosts.

Now it’s more important than ever. Speak your mind.

And have as good a Wednesday as today’s events will allow.

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T Holds the Truth


Truth is a funny thing. We each have our own version of it, the one that plays from behind our own eyes. Even so, there are some things that objectively, fundamentally true: the Earth revolves around the sun; the tides come in and the tides go out; and gravity will always pull you down.

But there are universal truths beyond the physical world, universal human truths, and when we find them in the arts, they hit something in us, set off some kind of vibration, and we know. They come in any genre, they can strike us from the most unusual places, and discovering them is a revelation.

Yesterday I talked about the movie “Shawshank Redemption,” based on the novella by Stephen King. Within it, it carries a truth about real human connection, about friendship. “Orange is the New Black,” the hit Netflix series, reveals the truth of humanity in everyone, including the people we never much think about.

Literature hoards truths, whispers them to us as we turn the pages, real or virtual. We see not only who we are, but who others are as we cloak ourselves in their lives. Visual arts make us stop, make us consider, as they freeze the truth in a moment in time. It’s the truth in the isolation, the loneliness of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks”  that has inspired so many parodies.

No matter what you write, or how you create, you must be honest at the core of your work. It’s that truth that resonates.

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