Sometimes when I see the outrageous and clearly false assertations made by politicians, (looking at you, former guy,) I fantasize about a Universal Auto-Correct (UAC). What if lying were no longer possible—ever? What if every statement one made, whether one believed it to be true or not, were subject to UAC.
Friday, September 2, 2022
What If Everyone Had to Tell the Truth?
“The USA was founded as a Christian nation,” says Mr.X. But before the words are out of his mouth, to his horror he finds himself retracting the statement, “Actually, the Framers never mentioned Christianity."
Lying, hyperbole, evasive statements are common in politics. What in the world would it be like if those pursuing a political agenda were compelled--how, I can't say--maybe God would have to rare back and pass a miracle-- to speak only Truth. And not just their truth or their alternative fact but the actual verifiable Truth.
What if this miracle extended to the entire population? Can you imagine what havoc would be wreaked in any number of relationships. "Yes, those yoga pants make you ass look enormous." "No, I've always hated your lasagna." "Actually, I think this workplace environment is toxic to the max."
So, there are kinks to be worked out. Absent an omniscient, omnipotent deity to mandate and implement UAC, whom could we trust to oversee this? AI is too easily manipulated by programmers. It would come down to the old Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who will watch the watchmen? for those of you who didn't have the dubious pleasure of four years of Latin.)
Still, it's fun to think about...