Modesty covering comes up in the darnedest of places. Even political speeches. Who would have thought it? It certainly took me a while to notice.
It is all part of the mechanics of political manipulation. Let’s face it. Manipulation is a big part of what politicians do. Being aware of the mechanics gives you better tools to assess what a politician is really saying. Maybe you will still buy what is being sold, but at least it will be with eyes wide open. (It’s sort of like dealing with used car salespeople. And I bet you’ve heard that one before.)
With that in mind, I thought I would introduce you to reframing and figleaves, along with a micro-analysis of their application. No. You did not just make a wrong turn into an art blog. And you will not need a magnifying glass and tweezers. You’ll see.
You may have heard of this already. I am spreading the story not to shame, but to edify.
Every July 4th for the last 29 years, an NPR program reads out the full text of the Declaration of Independence. (We all remember this is why we celebrate July 4th, I hope.)
Some thoughts to share on July 4, 2017.
It’s the Fourth of July, Independence Day. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Over the past few years, I have been encouraged by friends to start blogging.
I don’t profess to be the wisest or smartest person. I do not claim to be the only one with the answers. I do not have perfect spelling, punctuation or grammar. (I try but sometimes fall short.) My use of the Oxford comma comes and goes. (I was originally taught not to use it; now it’s popular. Go figure.)
But I would like to share some of my insights into what is happening around us and how to sift through the overwhelming amount of information we get these days. My aim is to talk about not only what is going on, but what has gone on before and offer ways to think about it all a bit more critically. Continue reading