True or False. Or Opinion.

Cat Lion Mirror

One of my latest peeves is honesty. At some point in the past it was perfection. On some level, they are not too different. But earlier, I was naïve enough convince myself that it didn’t matter if I had to fake it, but it had to be perfect.

Now, I think otherwise. I’ve run into various problems with being a little callous. It’s not entire dishonesty, but it’s callousness. Carelessness. Don’t matter.

Take for example. Someone asks me about if I watched the recent Presidential debates. I say yes. They ask, well, what did you think. I reply, um, oh, so and so. Now, here’s the thing. I watched the presidential debates. And then I watched The Daily Show. Followed by Colbert Report. So, now what I say, comes out as me regurgitating Stewart and Colbert.

And I think to myself, why don’t I have an original opinion on this. Well. For one, I watch the debates, but don’t analyze them as in detailed as those guys. So, I might have noticed that sure, Romney looked a bit defensive.. sure I noticed Obama being strongly critical at some point. But these are just my observations. I have no serious conclusions. I don’t have the time or energy to verify the facts they spew out by the dozen.

In some sense, it’s like watching a cool physical phenomenon happen – say, I have a glass of wine in my hand and I observe that after some time droplets of wine crawl up to the edges and then trail down. Now, I wonder to myself why that happened. And observe how only the droplets drop after reaching a certain critical mass.

But, then I go back and look up on wiki and find out that Carlo Marangoni described this phenomenon way back in 1865. And I read further on to understand the Marangoni effect and the variation of surface tension with temperature. I am convinced now that this phenomenon is driven due to gradients in the surface tension which is caused due to evaporation of the alcohol.

Now, when I go to a bar and explain this to a curious damsel who is sitting this twirling a glass of red wine in her hands, am I being dishonest? Of course I didn’t come up with the Marangoni effect. But everyone knows that yes?

I merely just understood it.

But politics – it’s a different wild horse. You could understand it, and try to explain it to someone else, and be completely and foolishly wrong.

Politics is not exactly science.

I learnt that the hard way today.

Apparently, every Tom, Dick & Harry can have an opinion.

And opinions.. opinions are the third option I imagine on a politics exam…

True or False. Or Opinion.

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Reminds me of the days when I burnt my fingers with religion. Religion and politics, suddenly don’t seem very different. 

  • Preeti

    speaking of underwater math, oh but you must have an opinion about Lance Armstrong! Yes?

    • http://bhamla.com admin

      Well. I have a confused opinion on that. Since I look up to him so much, I feel that I’m going to rationalize no matter what happens. Right now, I’ve already accepted the possibility that he may have doped and for me that changes very little about how I think of him. These kind of things make me feel helpless as they are not black and white ..

    • http://bhamla.com Saad Bhamla

      Well. I have a confused opinion on that. Since I look up to him so much, I feel that I’m going to rationalize no matter what happens. Right now, I’ve already accepted the possibility that he may have doped and for me that changes very little about how I think of him. These kind of things make me feel helpless as they are not black and white ..

  • http://twitter.com/monachitnis Mona Chitnis

    I agree with the “politics is not exactly science” part, having been following the prez debates. They talk huge figures in the order of trillions of dollars, but I doubt how many civilians out there really know how the math from their day to day expenses, taxes etc adds up to that, to be able to rationalize it.

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