This week’s focus point: When John Lindsay was mayor of New York he was called upon to speak at a major event with a sophisticated crowd. He referenced French philosopher Albert Camus (pronounced “kamoo”) but pronounced the name as “kam-us.” Many attendees, unable to believe he would make such a mistake, assumed he was referring to an obscure Greek philosopher by the name of “kam-us.” There’s a line in Fiddler on the Roof, where Tevye, singing “If I Were A Rich Man,” intones, “When you’re rich, they think you really know….” I’m not suggesting you fake it or use volume to overcome sensible argument (as Deirdre Imus does, screaming on her husband’s radio talk show), but I am suggesting that the more credible you are, the more good people tend to want to trust and believe you. They are immediately accepting and not immediately cynical. When your image is one of well read, well spoken, well groomed, and highly professional, you’re more likely that people will pay attention to your intent and give you the benefit of the doubt. What more can we ask, philosophically and existentially?
Monday Morning Perspective: Crushing truths perish from being acknowledged.– Camus
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