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  •  What I suspect is that the aging process, (2+ / 0-)
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    which makes people more dependent on others as their physical capacities are reduced, merely calls attention to what was missing or in over-drive before.
    People compensate for their disabilities.  People who have no sense of rhythm, for example, simply explain that they don't like to dance.  Or the tone deaf, don't like to listen to music.  Languages one doesn't understand sound like gibberish.  Which accounts for why so many people absolutely hate it when someone speaks in a foreign tongue.
    People who are partially deaf insist that people speaking to them are mumbling, especially when they don't want to hear from a particular person in the first place.
    All of these peculiarities don't matter as long as a person is capable of looking after himself or getting others to meet her demands without question. They use other people as crutches and it's hardly noticed because habit is like that.  Things we do out of habit, even submitting to an abusive authority figure, don't get noticed unless and until they become obviously detrimental or somebody calls attention to them.
    If we are used to politicians "lying," which they pretty much have to do when they're talking about the unknown and unknowable future, then their lying about the present and the past goes unnoticed, until it become egregious.

    The "tell," when you come right down to it is the half-truth.  Total falsehoods can be written off as story-telling or wishful thinking or even a memory lapse.  Half-truths, where something significant is left out, aim to deceive. Half-truths "work" particularly well because the half-truth is likely to be negative and gives the impression of truth, while the whole truth is even worse.
    We could say that the half-truth is the lesser of two evils.

    (It's what conservatives, btw, suspect of Obama's admitted illegal drug use, because it's what they would do -- tell a half truth).

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage"

    People to Wall Street, "let our money go."

    by hannah on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 06:03:46 AM PDT

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