On spending a day recently reading one of Saturday’s national newspapers, I was overwhelmingly struck by how at both national and international levels – across all public and private organisations – everybody is struggling with truth and how to find it. The Wikileaks phenomenon provides a startling reaction to the publication of truth and – even though intuitively people know the truth sets one and potentially others free – the efforts to ‘shoot the messenger’ have been frightening. The originator of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has received numerous death threats and has gone into hiding. US Internet providers ditched the site in the space of two days. The French Government attempted to ban French servers from hosting the trove of leaked data.Read More
During a visit to an art gallery in Toronto, Canada, I came across an area of the gallery devoted to introducing children to the joy and excitement of painting. There were several sayings displayed around the walls and when I took to writing down some of them, one of the guards said to me: ‘are you a teacher; many teachers take down those sayings’.