"All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie" Bob Dylan
All in all today was a strange day.
I was contacted by someone I know only in the vaguest of social media ways, which is to say not at all. You know how it is -- someone travels similar circles so you become "friends" but if you were to drop a stone in still water and you were the stone, this person would be 5 or 6 or 10 rings away from you. You add each other on twitter and maybe you respond to each other once in a while or maybe you don't but you know their name and they know yours and that is about the extent of it Perhaps you have an impression of them and if you are, say...me....they think they know you because you happen to blog and that gives people the impression they know you. I mean me.
Are you still there?
Anyway this person messaged me and wanted me to help him understand a conflict between other people, one of whom is a very good friend of mine. Ummm, I politely declined to comment because he wanted to know if what he was being told was "the truth." I suggested he talk to the people involved as I could not possibly know "the truth." He understood and that was that.
Except it wasn't because it is something like 8 hours later and I am still thinking about "truth" and what that really means when it comes to human beings who engage in relationships online.
It is so easy to misrepresent things on the internet and we all have examples of events where things were not as they seemed. Over time I have gotten a little jaded I suppose and now when someone tells me a story about their life I nod, smile and take it at face value. Maybe what they say is real and maybe it isn't but honestly I will probably never be able to confirm the facts. Funny enough, the more time I spend online the more comfortable I am with not knowing "the truth."