The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Mark Twain
As I sit at my desk waiting for yet another snow dump, I can’t help but think about Jody Wilson-Raybould, Liberal MP for Vancouver-Granville. Today Ms. Wilson-Raybould made a life changing decision to resign from a position of influence and power in order to hopefully speak out for something we all long to hear from our politicians–truth. It’s one of those values that we hope belongs to one island of their personality. Remember Pixar’s – Inside Out?
“You shall know the truth and truth shall make you odd,” wrote Flannery O'Connor. Today I vote for ‘odd.’
A few years ago I wrote about the article in Maclean’s Magazine reporting on a disturbing data dump of government websites: statistics, economics, historic, scientific records deleted, burned, or tossed into data Dumpsters. Disappearing data results in a crisis in what Canadians know—and are allowed to know about themselves. There is more to that story but too long to put it into this blog.
The data dump story brought back more memories or lack of memories when I learned the CBC had thrown out years of radio drama recordings. I was studying Radio Drama at the time and could have spent many hours listening to ways of bringing out the truth through the power of story if only I could get to those tapes.
Well, the snow dump has started so I’ll leave you with a truth telling photo or not. Here I am in Montreal telling myself I need this scarf by designer, Marie Ste. Pierre, for an upcoming winter wedding I’m officiating. The truth is I can’t afford it but I truly want it.