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Friday, May 12, 2017
Figuratively Speaking - Fiesta
My grandson used to live close by, however, and alas, they have moved across the country. Initially we would take him to a Mexican restaurant every year for his birthday. They sang to him, gave him a balloon, and he got to wear a sombrero. One day he told me he could speak 3 languages, American, English and Spanish. American because, well, he is. English because his dad is British, and Spanish because of the restaurant. It is funny what we hold close to our hearts and carry freshly in our minds from our experiences in the past. Recently, I remembered something from junior high journalism class. I had a great teacher. She really taught and valued the intellectual curiosity of her students. One day she said, "The biggest problem with propaganda is that eventually people will believe nothing." It struck me at the time like a light bulb going on. I really thought about it, but didn't have any personal experience to back it up. It was a bit like the story of the boy crying wolf. At the end of the year it was a question on the final exam. Of course I remembered it, and amazingly she told me I was the only one in the class that got it right and that someday it would mean something to me. In this age of fake news and Russians influencing what we think by interfering in what is leaked, that phrase really does mean something to me. For all of our differences, I hope Americans can come to grips with who we are. I don't want to live in a country made up of radical factions that are at war with each other. Really, are we not just a ginormous tribe? Go figure!