A Post-Truth Saint’s Tale


“Root has spent the past two decades unraveling the thread between climate change and the eventual mass extinctions of countless species of plants, animals — and, yes, humans. (but) There’s more. When the gray-haired bird watcher shares her findings, she’s often met with personal attacks; naysayers hurl their disagreement and disdain, complete with name-calling and threats from politicians.

“I’d always thought that facts and the truth would win out; then I realized that wasn’t the case,” …—Terry Root senior fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment



A child coming up in the US today

should not be badly charged if they think
truth and facts
are fungible, like spice in soup:
real and pungent but suited to taste,
which we know is not absolute

They ought not be called on use of words
with peculiar plays against meaning
since words are tools to be used in any way,
as hammers may be swung to drive nails,
bash beams, extract teeth or smash fruit

Forget fact, Confusion’s the only port
to which our word destroyers sail
Upon mooring they make every argument moot,
and lies post-truth saint’s tales

It’s in the wind it’s taken root
.

Jim Culleny
11/25/16

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