I love truth. I am bothered when I hear someone saying something that isn’t true. This has led to late nights on the computer as I try to convince people of the truth. This has also led me to the place where some people think I have the attitude that I am always right. I have covered this in a previous post, but suffice it to say that I don’t think I am always right, but I always strive to be as correct as possible. When I find out that I am wrong, I change, but then I will defend what I know to be the truth with everything I have.
This is why I get frustrated with a certain proclivity that I have noticed in the past few decades, but it has gotten worse with the advent of the internet. Here it is:
People read a quote, a story, a funny song or something else that they really like. I don’t know exactly what happens next, but in MY mind the conversation goes something like this, “Wow, that was an inspirational story/funny saying/great quote. I think it would be funnier if someone famous had said it. Nobody has heard of this person who actually said it. I’m going to send this on, but I’m going to say that someone famous said it, because that makes it better!”
One example of this is the “Some Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School.” This is a wonderful piece with lots of good advice for graduating seniors as they start their adult lives. It was written in 2007 by Charles Sykes. The problem is that some people decided it sounded better if Bill Gates had said it. Others thought that it seemed like Kurt Vonnegut should have said it. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspaper stated it was written by “Duluth State Rep. Brooks Coleman.”
Examples of this abound. Morgan Freeman, Bill Gates, George Carlin, and Bill Cosby are just a few of the people who have had things attributed to them that they never said or wrote.
Reading one of these stories is like eating a wonderful meal, and then finding out that the meat was dog food. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth.If I had written one of these stories or said something as pithy or wise as some of these quotes, and then I read later that evidently Harrison Ford was the one that said it, I would be upset.
I love the truth, but truth watered down with a lie is not more palatable, it is less so.