Thursday, March 15, 2012

Get Over Yourself

Hey, Mitt - no one is asking you to "apologize for being successful." What I think people are saying is that a person's worth is not measured by who he knows or what kind of car he drives. Your tin-eared comments and casual name-dropping make it sound as if your riches are what define you and your life. Criticizing you by pointing this out is not a demand for an apology. It's an expression of pity.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Shame of The Truth

The horrific tale of Bradley Manning's incarceration reminds me of this scene from the 2002 film version of The Count of Monte Cristo:

Dantes: Monsieur, I know you must hear this a great deal. But I assure you: I am innocent. Everyone must say that, I know, but I truly am.
Armand: Innocent? 
Dantes: Yes.
Armand: I know. I really do know.
Dantes: You mock me?
Armand: No, my dear Dantes. I know perfectly well that you are innocent. Why else would you be here? If you were truly guilty, there are a hundred prisons in France where they would lock you away. But Chateau d'If is where they put the ones they're ashamed of.

Why are we so ashamed of truth?