Sowell on 2015

This is the time for a lot of thinking about the past and the future. Thomas Sowell has his thoughts on 2015 that don’t instill a lot of confidence about what might be coming next.

More than anything else, 2015 has been the year of the big lie. There have been lies in other years, and some of them pretty big, but even so 2015 has set new highs — or new lows.

Lying, by itself, is obviously not new. What is new is the growing acceptance of lying as “no big deal” by smug sophisticates, so long as these are lies that advance their political causes. Many in the media greeted the exposure of Hillary Clinton’s lies by admiring how well she handled herself.

Lies are a wall between us and reality — and being walled off from reality is the biggest deal of all. Reality does not disappear because we don’t see it. It just hits us like a ton of bricks when we least expect it.

As for 2015, good riddance. We can only hope that people who vote in 2016 will have learned something from 2015’s disasters.

He has a bit of confusion between lies and broken promises but, either way, harm results and relationships suffer. Trust is easy to break and difficult to repair.

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