The word ‘truthiness’ coined by Stephen colbert (or not, the claim is disputed both by the Oxford English Dictionary and the Century Dictionary, each citing prior usage) has become a useful tool for understanding what has happened to our use of language over the past few years. Main Stream Media has become a bastion of truthiness.
Truthiness is defined as the belief or assertion that a particular statement is true based solely on the feelings or perceptions of some individual or individuals, without regard to any evidence, logic, intellectual examination or facts and can run the gamut from ignorant assertion of falsehoods to deliberate presentation of lies and/or propaganda intended to shape opinion
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty dunpty, “which is to be the master – that’s all.”
Humpty Dumpty believed that words were fluid, their meanings not fixed but malleable. If true that approach would render language incomprehensible. Taking that thought to its ultimate conclusion, a ten word sentence could consist of a single word repeated ten times, each iteration having a different meaning. For words to be meaningful they must have an individual, unique, mutually agreed upon interpretation.
In our ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ world words no longer mean what we originally intended them to mean. For many thousands of years ‘gender’ was determined by certain immutable characteristics such as external genitalia, the presence or absence of certain internal organs, chromosome count and the secretion of differing hormones to name but a few. Humanity was divided into two genders, male and female, and this designation served us well throughout history, until roughly the 1970’s. Since then an attempt to mollify a large and growing number of special interests has pushed us into a gender quagmire.
Currently there is a confirmation process taking place to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court. The candidate was asked to define ‘woman’ and said that she couldn’t despite being a woman herself. How about simply responding, “among other factors a woman is a human being capable of producing an egg, having it fertilized and then develop within her body into a unique new human being.”
Until fairly recently gender dysphoria was defined by the medical community as ‘a form of mental illness treatable by counseling and medication.’ Now it is defined as ‘one of many normal conditions found in young people as they develop and mature that should be affirmed and in some cases assisted with counseling, medication and perhaps surgery.’ Advantage Truthiness.
The ‘China Virus’ was unleashed upon the world and everything about it, from inception to worldwide reaction and even into its waning days has been defined by truthiness. Not a shred or thread of sustainable truth is to be found anywhere in the Covid-19 narrative. And to this day no apologies or admissions of responsibility from any of the groups that benefited financially and politically from the tissue of lies purposely spread to keep the world captive to their machinations. Again Advantage Truthiness.
The entire Biden administration has been truthiness personified. I thought to share an example or two to illustrate truthiness but couldn’t think of a single thing done during this administration’s tenure that was based in truth, or on facts, to serve as a contrast. This entire presidential term is an example of truthiness in action. They have obfuscated, spun and lied about every official action taken since the swearing in and even that was a lie. Mr. Biden swore a sacred oath to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic and he has clearly not done so.
Thank you Mr. Colbert for providing a one word description to encapsulate the totality of our government, the elite classes, Big Tech, Big Pharma, most institutes of higher learning, public school educators and state and local government in all of the blue and many of the red states.
We need a lot less truthiness and a lot more truth. We thank you for truthiness, now tell us how to get rid of it.