Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
—-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)
Ravens take holiday vacations, too, leading the list according to King raven is Stoneman Lake, a spring-fed mountain lake on the Mogollon Plateau not far from Sedona’s madding crowds- and its waters are rising. Lures range from Arizona white oak to Utah juniper, occasional scrappy yellow perch, and battling northern pike when the waters not created by Man are higher. Indeed, ravens have flourished there for no one knows how long for the Hopi and for the first Europeans in 1583—or so the legendary Parson says.
“Truth is told here to this day,” croaks Raven historian, Lulu Jane. “We don’t allow what the two-legged visitors call politicians. Nature is in charge and she will bat last. There is no denying that.”
In a workshop during their most recent vacation, Lulu celebrated the visiting congregates resting on the lake bank for avoiding the flood of lies from “them” gradually flowing like lava. “We can’t be like them. Life is too short. We can’t afford denial as they do day in and day out.”
As snacks were served rescued from Harry’s in Cornville, King raven’s policy advisor, Jake, tossed out a list of myths perpetuated by some peculiar and ambitious politicians that are filling the air from Maine to Walla Walla with something called the Internet—and some claims go beyond to outright lies.
American manufacturing has disappeared; their economy is rigged; tax cuts will unleash tremendous growth; the rich do not pay much in taxes; bad trade trade deals are what ail their economy; all environmental laws are unnecessary and there is no such thing as climate change.
“You talk of myths”, questioned Bill, a visitor from the High Sierras, “What is a myth? Is it the same thing as a lie?”
“Yes and no my mountain relative; myth can mean invention, fiction, fantasy. It can mean delusion, tall story, and fable.”
“So what does that mean for us,” asked Maddy, visiting from California to check out local grape-and some relatives in Sycamore canyon.
Replied King raven “Fallacies being spread by the current crop of their candidates are particularly harmful even as waters are rising, weather becoming scarier, food less reliable and so on. What is not good for them, as sure as the devil will not be good for us…In time, we could end up in cook books.”