I was driving to work this morning when I got behind one of those trucks that hauls gravel or other construction materials. You know, the ones that have the sign on the back that says “Not Responsible for Broken Windshields”?
My thought was (as always when I get behind one of these trucks) “Really? Just not responsible?”
It would be one thing if the sign read “We will not take responsibility for broken windshields”. That I could handle. But this categorically states that they Just. Aren’t. Responsible. Period.
Are trucking companies the only entities that can make a truth just by stating it? You know, like Rene Descartes wrote, “I think, therefore I am” is there a corollary that is “I say it, therefore it is the truth”?
Let’s ignore the internets for the moment, where truth plays no role, and just ponder the ability to make something A TRUTH just by declaring it to be so.
Here is what I would declare to be my Top 10 Truths (ignoring logic, science and evidence to the contrary):
- Politicians are honest, scrupulous individuals, working for the best for the nation.
- Chicken McNuggets are 100% real chicken and a nutritious and healthy, anytime meal.
- I can drink as much as I want without getting a hangover, becoming obnoxious, talking too loudly or falling asleep by 7:30 PM.
- Nice guys finish First (and second and third, but never last).
- No one cares about Brangelina.
- I have a beautiful singing voice.
- There is no such thing as “bathing suit season”.
- People want to take accountability for their actions.
- Restaurants cook their food with the same attention to cleanliness as I do in my own kitchen (which is a lot).
- My tax money is being spent with care, forethought and in the manner that benefits the most members of my community, state and nation.