(or the truth isn't always pretty). You have heard it said: "all truth is relative" and "what is truth", but when you're mugged in a alley or a bomb is dropped on your home, you quickly wake up from such absurd and irreverent views of life. Much of the attack against truth is perpetrated with the psychological maxim that it is better to think positive than to think negative. There is some truth to this. I have heard it said you create your own reality, and to some degree this is true. A starving child in India did not create his reality, and villagers bombed to oblivion by someone wanting their resources did not create their reality: many conditions are caused by others or by nature and the victims are without choice or power to undo what has been done. Each of us however will come upon forks in our path where we do make choices that affect us and others. As I have referred already to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings for its analogous facsimile of our time, I shall continue with this analogy to elaborate on this discussion regarding where one draws the lines between psychological well being, and responsibility! Denethor, the Steward acting on behalf of the missing King of the human race, was shown in his crystal ball the armies of Sauron (the evil one) in great numbers. This part truth was ALL he saw, so, given to depression and hopelessness, he burned himself alive in a funeral pyre and tried to burn his son with him, to escape the doom that he was certain approached, although in fact it was averted in the end. He was given half-truths. Not knowing of the potential for hope and victory, he gave up. So my "Caveat Emptor" (let the buyer beware) to you my dear reader is not to let my portrayal of darkness in our civilized world lead you to believe that we are beyond hope. To the contrary, we have truth on our side, and truth and justice will prevail; for systems that rely on anything else eventually come to a point where all but the purveyors of evil rule, and they then must face the conditions created when truth and justice do not exist, falling subject to the evils of their own system. Small changes, such as teaching young people to discern techniques of deception and propaganda could easily revolutionize the consciousness of humanity. Indeed, I do not advocate a violent struggle (although I support the right to self-defense). I see justice and hope prevailing by the elevation of human social consciousness to a point where we cannot be swayed by demagogues, corporate cons, media cons and other con-artists. I hope to teach the world to recognize subterfuge and by so doing, to diffuse it. So join me in hope and self respect; self esteem; and the satisfaction of knowing in your respect for others you respect yourself and achieve both on a personal and a social level. The rate of change continues to accelerate and we haven't a moment to lose. Do not despair, but get busy. There is much to do and our freedom, our dignity, our lives and our children all depend on making the right choice! Step sure and impeccably into the future!