Why do i not trust Samuel Alito during his Senate confirmation hearings these past couple days? I mean, from what i’ve heard on NPR, he actually sounds like he’d be a fair and impartial Supreme Court Justice…
So what’s wrong? Why do i not feel like i should believe him?
I think i know why: because George Bush Jr nominated him. And knowing who Jr’s appointed to all his other posts, i just cannot trust that Alito would be anything other than cruel, mean, conceited, self-centered, self-righteous, self-serving, lying, cheating, stealing, and murdering.
And that makes me feel bad. Makes me feel disoriented. My head spins with confusion. Because when you’ve been lied to so much, it sucks to hear good words from what seems to be a sincere person. You want to trust him, but you just can’t bring yourself to be open to the lies yet again.
I mean, words are so powerful! Everything is just a story– even science, that most hard-nosed, impersonal, practical and objective of human pursuits, is just a bunch of stories that scientists make up to explain the results of their experiments. And if science is wishy washy, surely every other human pursuit is even moreso.
That is why it’s so important that we be “impeccable with our word.” We must do our best to speak our most ultimate truths all the time, to lift ourselves and each other UP!
Without the most literal, clear, and just meanings of our words, there is NO meaning.