I'm slipping over that line that's drawn in the sand, the one that separates the cynics from the skeptics... As Mortimer Adler has written, a moderate degree of skepticism is healthy. Cynicism, or as Adler calls it, extreme skepticism ( Another word for it is Pyrrhonism, after that philosophical elder statesman Pyrro ) isn't so healthy. I'm getting to the point where I don't believe anyone anymore.
Take Jonathan Papelbon for example. And Theo Epstein. Who the hell are they? Are they philosophers? you might well ask. Are they politicians? No. Papelbon is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Theo is the general manager. Theo is also the grandson and grandnephew of the screenwriters who penned " Casablanca. " That's thought by many film mavins to be the best screenplay of all time. So it comes as no surprise, or shouldn't that Theo's a major league liar. What is fiction and creative writing if not lie after lie after lie, one piled on top of the other. Did I mention? Theo's father is the head of the creative writing program at Boston University.
I won't bore you non baseball fans with the details about what happened with Jonathan Papelbon. Suffice it to say, telling the truth ain' t exactly in this guy Theo's DNA.
Where was I?
LiarLand. FibVille. Mudville. That's where.
I have this Tourette's like thing going whenever I get into a position where I'm slipping over some kind of line drawn in the sand. After my latest Fredo sighting on TV, I did what I do in cases like this:
I break out into poetry.
You're A Lyin' Sack of Shit
By Terrence McCarthy
I won't pull my punches
I'm going with my hunches
I saw you and heard you today.
There's so little doubt
You've abused your clout
And your " word? "
I don't Bee-Leeve it.
A sack of shit's what you are,
And you do it, it seems, without even tryin'
You're a bag of wind,
And a fiend, too
I can't help but demean you
You lyin' sack of shit,
You don't care about IT,
IT being truth that's so rare in these days.
I hope someone gets ya
For these lies that you're tellin'
I hope I can calm down and stop all my yellin'
Will it happen?
But I'm praying, I'm praying,
That come April you'll be doing title searches for folks buying haciendas
I know, I know. Not exactly Robert Lowell. Maybe I should leave it to Lou to talk about lies, and faith and all that...
YouTube - Vicious Underground - Busload of Faith (Lou Reed)