I ran out of time so here is another look back.
April 15, 2005
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.
Edgar J. Mohn
Honesty – the quality, condition, or characteristic of being fair, just, truthful, and morally upright
Integrity – the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles.
Perception – an attitude or understanding based on what is observed or thought
Spin – to cast somebody’s remarks or relate a story in such a way as to influence public opinion in a desired way
Cover-up – to try to conceal that something illegal, immoral, or undesirable has happened or how or why it happened
I have been worried lately by the many people who substitute the management of perception for truth as they use spin to cover-up reality and deny any wrongdoing. Too many times it seems that if they lie often enough, say it often enough, the public starts to believe them even though they should know better.
Everyday we read about Corporate Executives, Politicians, and others who have failed the public through their malfeasance, unethical action, or in some cases outright criminal activity. The sad part is that too many find a way to excuse this behavior. Often many find the fact that the perpetrator failed to delete an e-mail, memo or a taped conversation as being the problem and not the act itself. It seems to me that too many of us are willing to sacrifice our commitment to truth and honesty when a denial will help our cause.
What I find even worse is those who excuse such behavior because the other politician did something as bad or worse, or that the company did nothing different than some others do. It as is if they believe that morality is neutralized by a precedent set by someone else. What would your parents have said if you thought it was alright to break the neighbor’s window because another guy did it first, remember when your mom said “if Harry jumped off a cliff would you do it too?”
It appears that too many of us have lost something really important when we tolerate lies and unethical behavior because it serves our interests or beliefs. When we do we take the risk of our children saying later in life, “It is OK my parents did it.” As always, “the ends justify the means”, is a dangerous slope that often ends up hurting those who practice rationalizing their actions.
It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.
- One of my favorite college professor friends is a red head; please don’t tell her you got any of this from me.
- How do you get a redhead to argue with you? A: Say something
- How do you get a redhead’s mood to change? A: Wait 10 seconds
- If you love a Redhead, set her free…..if she follows you everywhere you go, if she pitches a tent in your front lawn, and if she puts your new girlfriend in the hospital, she’s yours.
- How do you know a guy at the beach has a redhead for a girlfriend? A: She has scratched "stay off MY TURF!" on his back with her nails.
- What do you call a Redhead with an attitude? A: Normal
- How do you know when your redhead has forgiven you? A: She stops washing your clothes in the toilet bowl
- Only two things are necessary to keep a redhead happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other is to let her have it.
One of my favorite friends is a red headed professor and I know she is not like that (Don’t tell anyone but if I said she was I would be afraid of the consequences).
Some people are discovered, others are found out.
A little boy is told by his mother that he has been very bad this year. Thus, he would probably not get anything for Christmas.
"What? Nothing for Christmas?" cried the little boy.
"Well," said mom, "maybe if you write a letter to baby Jesus and tell him how sorry you are, Santa will bring you some presents."
The little boy returned to his room and began his letter. With each attempt at writing he would first apologize and then promise to be good for a certain amount of time. Each letter he crumpled up started again, making the "be good" time shorter with each letter.
Finally in frustration, he gave up and then was struck by a bolt of inspiration! Running to the living room he carefully removed the little Mother Mary figure from the family’s manger scene and just as carefully wrapped it in a sock, placing it in his top drawer. Returning to his desk, he took out a clean piece of paper and began to write:
"Dear Baby Jesus, if you ever want to see your Mother again…"
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Wanting to lose weight, a woman placed a picture of a shapely, pinup model INSIDE her refrigerator to remind her of her goal. It worked like a charm as the woman discovered that she had lost ten pounds in the first month of using this method.
The downside to this was that her husband spent so much time going into the fridge to look at the picture that he ended up gaining fifteen pounds!
You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, "My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!"
During the Second World War, when many young men were being trained for combat, they were stationed in the south, and it was the custom for some of the local residents to offer some Southern Hospitality to our fighting men.
One day, in a camp that will remain nameless, the phone rang; a woman at a local woman’s school offered to entertain a dozen soldiers at a party being held the upcoming weekend, and would the captain send some of her best behaved men over? The captain agreed, but before he could finalize the agreements, the woman made a request: "Please, suh, don’t send any Jewish boys."
The captain agreed … no Jews.
The day of the party, the soldiers were dropped off at the school, and knocked on the door. The hostess opened the door … to the sight of a dozen Black soldiers, all in dress uniforms.
"Why, th-there m-must be some kind of m-mistake," she stammered.
"No, ma’am," said one of the soldiers, "Captain Rabinowitz, he doesn’t make mistakes."
"Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them."
Richard Buckminster Fuller
Joe: Why don’t you play golf with Bob any more?
Mike: Would you play with someone who curses after each shot, cheats in the bunkers and enters false scores on his card?
Mike: Neither will Bob.
"I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I’m more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves."
I think I know who some of them are. Ray
Read, every day, something no one else is reading.
Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.
It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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The editor is somewhat senile.