If you happen to watch, listen or read the news, pick your own distribution channel, I recommend many options because it seems each has their own ‘bent’ on curving reality. Most of my life I was under the illusion that journalists sought facts, and reported these facts back to the general public as news, news that impacted their lives, and chronicled life on earth for future generations.
I think in reality, the term ‘optics’ seems to be a better method to describe the news. If you listen closely to any major network television reporter, they might use the phrase, “Nathaniel, they are concerned with the optics of the decision.” Have you ever heard them say that?
If you take ‘bent’ and ‘optics’, you might understand why I used the words, ‘gravitational lensing’ early in the novel, Fishing for Light. The idea stems from Einstein’s ‘Theory of Relativity’ – or, “mass bends light”. If you take the idea as a metaphor, if we willy-nilly bend our genetic code, or alter the news to fit the shape and mold we want, then what happens?
I’ll share with you an exact quote from the novel, Fishing for Light:
“Optics?” Professor Quan whispered. “Gravitational lensing, bending light, but at a subatomic level?” Professor Quan whispered. He tapped the protective glass with his fingers. “I bet that’s where God hides, right in front of us.” Condensation from his breath glossed a ghostly pattern on the glass.
“Sir?” a security guard asked.
Professor Quan glanced over at the well-built security guard.
“Just curious where they found that shiny rock?” Professor Quan asked. He nodded his forehead over at the diamond that shimmered as if a giant blue star discovered within the dark matter of outer space.” – Fishing for Light, page 39. (By the way, Professor Quan was staring at the Hope Diamond.)
Unfortunately, I think George Orwell is having a grand time laughing at us from whatever dimension his lightness has embarked as he continues his soul’s journey navigating across Dante’s nine time portals. And I shall quote Mr. Orwell from Animal Farm, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
We all know words have meaning, but it is how we use those words that matters. I wish we would publish more ‘made-up’ words to convey a thought or idea. I loved the ‘jabberwocky’ from Lewis Carroll, or to ‘rant’ thanks to Shakespeare. I wonder if George Orwell realized his last name would be used to express government and societal fraud? But alas, this obsequious Richard Cranium will not be a cunning linguist any further, and not try to be a master debater or be a highfalutin, asinine, exacerbating, frickle-franc before they throw the penal code at me and encourage this homo erectus to be exiled in Djibouti or have me shipped off and turn my head, heart and hooves into glue.