We're obsessed in today's world with facts. Every syllable uttered by people in positions of power is put under a microscope, and we, the general public, love nothing more than to have subterfuge reveal in the media spotlight.
"Who can be troubled to read financials? I have to admit, I didn't until this whole thing broke open. Basically, people are saying, 'Don't trouble me with facts and numbers, I like Greg, and I like the story.'"
While we find ourselves getting riled up over literary half-truths, the budget to foreign aid -- particularly of the type that might contribute to a deeper understanding of places like Afghanistan -- is under threat.
The fall of 1991 I came down from the Urals, exhausted but also exhilarated from the alpine hike. I walked into a Russian village at the foothills. Upon seeing my visage, the villagers declared I was extremely ill.