The Consequences of Deceit

My University Heights neighbors started putting out Halloween decorations weeks ago. From few, now many are everywhere. Along Texas Street, today, my wife and I passed by these seasonal tombstones that stand apart from the more traditional type for Dracula or infamous persons.

The theme of lying seems so appropriate for a time when truth is the one commodity truly lost in the supply chain. Pundits can’t babble enough about impending food shortages, and I share some of their concerns. But someone should state the more pressing problem: An overabundance of deceit/misinformation and lack of honesty.

As a journalist, whose profession is truth-seeking, I have adjusted my measurements. Judge not by what I hear but what I see. That method reveals a whole lot of gaslighting going on, mixed with propaganda and deliberate deceit. Worst offenders are among my profession, government entities, and the Internet’s information overloads (e.g. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the like).

With that grim commentary, let’s introduce the Featured Image, which I captured using Leica Q2. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/125 sec, 28mm; 11:24 a.m. PDT.