A Post-Truth Saint’s Tale

“(Terry) 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 thought badly of for thinking
truth and facts
are fungible, like spice in soup
—aromatic, pungent— suite to taste,
which everyone knows is not absolute

the child should not be called out
for using words 
wrung dry of truth
since words are just tools
and may be used in any way,

as hammers may, to drive nails,
bash beams, or extract teeth
if pliers fail

forget fact, Confusion is the only port
into which our word wreckers sail

at mooring they make every argument moot
and lies become post-truth hero tales

it’s in the wind

it has taken root

Jim Culleny