Wednesday, March 04, 2009

How it is with the long noses

There is something called the Truth Movement (Ball State University) afoot. It strikes me as a very interesting development. The interest in the truth got me to thinking about persons with long noses.

Now the first thing to know is that Pinocchio lied first and then his nose grew longer and longer. I think with certain people the idea that lying comes first and the nose grows longer as a result has become muddled. There seems to be a growing number of folks who think that first the nose grows and that that physical sign then allows us to detect the lie.

It goes like this: Look at him/her: The nose is long; he/she must be lying. Could it be that the need to see the physical evidence first--in this case the long nose--has started to deceive us and has made us into patsies who can only detect a lie when there is a physical sign? I don't think so.

I believe that assessing the truth comes from knowledge. It comes from having the curiosity to detect what's logical and the need to know what's right simply because we have the logic and the facts firmly on our sides.


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