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Sham or Subtle

by Dan Seagren

Posted: October 28, 2018

Judging what we hear or read…

What we see, read or absorb varies often between something fake (sham) and clever (subtle). It happens deliberately, accidentally, or nonchalantly by the perpetrator or the observer. It is common in magazines and newspapers, in newscasts and sports, letters and notes, written in a hurry or deliberately. Strangely enough, it happens all to often without either the doer or the recipient aware of it.

So, Daniel, get to the point. Ok. Let's say that a death occurs, invitations to the funeral are either sent or implied. If there was animosity between the deceased and those nearby, those asked to speak on behalf of the one departed could be addressed so subtly that only a few caught the sham. Hopefully it doesn't occur too often. Husbands and wives and lovers do the same by raving over a meal they despise hoping their subtle praise doesn't backfire.

The airwaves today make it easy to be subtle to hide the animosity. Fake news can be so clever that it not only gets past the guardians of the airwaves but burrows deeply into the onlookers. Is it easy or difficult to know for sure what is sham because it is cleverly subtle? Even after experienced detective-like experts spend months or years with little results? So whether it is thank you card or a widespread clever effort scams have a way of being masters at subtlety.

Why is it that an MD can put his finger on the cause of an illness undetected by several other MDs. Was it luck, a similar case read recently, or an ingenious insight when it was a simple recent identical illness with its symptoms that this one MD had treated effectively. Were this more common in other fields, we would benefit considerably. But when evidence is placed under lock and key, and the key gets lost, no one is any wiser. This is happening far to often in society as old cases shiver into oblivion needlessly. And I dare say no one who reads this will have difficulty naming a situation in their lifetime. Do sham and subtleties have a way of finding each other more easily than truth and facts?

Maybe, and this isn't startling information, but our modern culture is too well advanced to fall victim. But with you and I in our small corners coming out making noise, perhaps some will listen. Until then, life will go on and on and on. 


Dan Seagren is an active retiree whose writings reflect his life as a Pastor, author of several books, and service as a Chaplain in a Covenant Retirement Community.

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Posted: October 28, 2018

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