your perspective VS ?
Today is the 5th day of the 20th week, the 17th day of the 5th month, the 137th day of 2018, and:
Quote of the day:
- Brown Bag It Thursday
- Hummus Day
- International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia – it wasn’t until 1990 that the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminated homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.
- National Apertif Day
- National Cherry Cobbler Day
- National Mushroom Hunting Day
- National Notebook Day
- National Pack Rat Day
- National Walnut Day
- Same Sex Marriage Day – in 2004 the first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. were performed in the state of Massachusetts.
- Syttende Mai [AKA Norwegian National Day] – in 1814 the Constitution of Norway was signed and Crown Prince Christian Frederick of Denmark elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly.
- World Hypertension Day
- World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day
- World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.”
-- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
I don’t remember exactly the date when my 8 year old self realized the way I see the world might be different from what others see. It had to do with getting my first pair of glasses because for the first time in years, I found the world was so much more focused and there were all these sharp lines – I still take off my glasses at times to admire lights in the night. But I quickly realized that I had not known others saw the world so differently, and that I still could not know what things looked like to someone else because I was trapped behind my own eyes and that was a revelation that has haunted me almost daily for the past six decades.
Folks cannot agree on the color of a dress [I saw blue and black], or what the spoken word actually is saying [I heard “laurel”]. Rapprochement is seen as flinging insults even while I feel the Democrats need to start listening to the disaffected conservative working class. Conspiracy theories present “alternative facts” and scream “fake news” at anything or anyone that disagrees with them [that said, I will admit I am not convinced Oswald acted alone]. This is not new behavior – homo sapiens have been attacking anyone who appears different from them, making sure any other species cousins went extinct [we claim out-competed for the scarce resources rather than committed genocide].
So why would I accept there is such a thing as an historical fact as all I have to rely upon are the written perceptions of people, some of whom were not even aware they had filters and biases and agendas? And in this day when pictures can be photoshopped and even videos easily altered, how will historians of the future ever figure out how the Weans lived?
The line between fact and fiction seems might blurry.....
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