Thursday, January 29, 2009


Last month an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at then President George W. Bush. You probably saw it on the news, in a political satire or maybe even threw a shoe or two in the flash game online. Now it has spawned a sculpture.

The sofa sized sculpture was unveiled at a ceremony in Tikrit today. The artist said "It is not a political work", but the ode to the shoe hurler that accompanies the statue mentions "being able to tell the truth out loud."

Reading this article got me thinking about the things we say. Is this an example of telling "the" truth out loud, or our own interpretation of the truth? Sometimes we can be pretty quick to judge. Imagine if we all walked around and publicly shared our interpretation of the truth out loud. We would find ourselves like Jim Carrey in the movie "Liar, Liar."

Sure, we need to hear the truth and sometimes the truth hurts, but it's better received when shared in love and one-on-one. Sometimes, I think we just need to hold our tongues, and maybe our shoes, because it really does not add value.
Tell me, do you think we should always tell the truth?


Daniel said...

The word "always" is a strong one. It does not allow for shades of gray between the black and white. Some might even legalize the notion of telling the truth to say that we are telling a lie if we withhold the truth. I think this is a dangerous road to go down. Sometimes withholding the truth is the caring and loving thing to do.

Anonymous said...

If someone asks you to tell the truth and you hold your tongue then you are choosing not to tell the truth. That is a fact. Does that make what you aren't saying a lie? I don't think so. I think it makes it a simple case of refusing to answer. I think the entire question is a bit flawed. Our own interpretations are all we have to go on. That being said though... hurling a shoe doesn't hold communal truth or fiction. It's an action. Anything anyone infers from it all goes back to their own interpretation anyway.

Perhaps the ode should have read "... being able to voice your dissent through physics and footwear. Go Nike."

On a side note... I did not like Bush. Yet... I have to give props to dexterity when I see it. Man can dodge.

-Duke Fan

Brian Miller said...

Swoosh! Good wisdom Dukee! That's why I love you. : )

Dot-Com said...

Now that very much depends on whether or not it really IS the truth. I'm no fan of Mr Bush for sure, but whether or not what he did during his presidency was right or wrong is a matter of opinion... Life is often like that.

dp said...

I found the entire incident to be interesting. The idea that the shoe was being thrown at President Bush who was the catalyst in the overthrow of a regime that had only state sponsered media by a "freed" member of the media was ironic. The idea of the artist and his ode is also ironic for the same reason. I think you're right on. What if what you think is the truth isn't really the truth at all, but your flawed perception?

Personally, I think the world works because half-truths, avoidance and in some instances lies are used. Imagine a world where everytime some random person asks, "How are you?" you answered entirely honestly. We'd be living a Dr. Phil show... or maybe Springer depending on how you really are that day.

Good blog.