Saturday, May 23, 2015

Belying Truth (Honesty in the Age of Information)

Ethan grossly claims that it’s impossible to be perfectly honest. Zach broadly counters that those who are naturally better (smarter, wealthier, etc.) will be more honest. Because the truth is actually pretty nice for them. The Trio elegantly agrees that everyone should just be herself. But Ethan takes issue with the matter of selfhood. He thinks that everyone is hiding something. Take Mark Zuckerberg, for example. Everybody knows that he’s hiding some deep dark dirty detestable secret. In this case, and for all eternity, this secret shall be known as: The Peanut Butter Reveal. In other words, he secretly spreads peanut butter between his butt cheeks. It’s true. 


Zach realizes that Ethan is concerned primarily with the sin of omission. In other words, people are dishonest because they neglect to state the entire truth. It’s not so much the “nothing but the truth” that bothers Ethan. It’s the “whole truth” that bothers him. In politics, the truth is treated like the village bicycle. Everybody gets a chance to reveal some petty personal preference of her own. Like what Hillary Clinton eats at Chipotle. Politicians embody dishonesty by catering to everyone. But this is only because the stakes are too high for pure honesty in this day and age. Then again, pure honesty can be measured both quantitatively (how much do you tell the truth?) and qualitatively (how juicy are the truths that you tell?).


Ethan drops a bomb after pressing the wrong button. Oops. Nobody can be honest with himself. And a zillion people would agree with that! So says Zachrates … He who spreads peanut butter (and the word!) between his butt cheeks (and the world!). But butt butter is no match for The White Light. Like with those people who die and see themselves from the outside looking in. Certainly they understand themselves in a way that goes beyond the mere living. Nay! There’s a limit to how much one can understand his body. Or a roller coaster, for that matter. Think about it. In order to fully understand the roller coaster, you would have to ride it infinite times! You can’t experience an entity to its full extent. Therefore, nothing can be known. So honesty is a moot point. Thanks a lot, Ethan!


We’ve simply forgotten what practicality means. Something being true on a practical level is not the same as something being true on an absolute level. Take lawyers, for example. They operate in a world where absolute truth doesn’t even exist. They are able to create truthiness through the opinions of jurors and judges. 


Ethan encourages stasis in an effort to find the common denominator of all problems. And although he doesn’t succinctly state it, he believes that the root of all evil is the misapplication of knowledge via language. Zach says the root of all evil is discontent. Y’know? Lack? Rejection? Being eaten! The Holy Trinity: Brain, Hand, and Butt. Not to mention, the fourth member of the trio: Peanut Butter!



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