Monday, December 30, 2013

The Man Who Did Not Know: An Imaginary Letter to Friends

“I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then.” [1]

Friends, I did not know my most trusted aide was going to write a cheque for a member’s expenses. How could I know? I am only the leader of the party and the country. Did anybody else know? Yes, there were reportedly at least “13 others” around me who knew, and they all worked for me. These were my bodies of knowledge, so to speak, who kept their knowledge from me. They all kept me in the dark; now I am trying to shed light on this matter. I have been very clear; I did not know. How could I know?  Not knowing is not a crime. Surely one is allowed to be ignorant of not knowing what one should know. I know there is an e-mail that states “good to go.” But those three words are just that, words. And words can mean anything, so what does “good to go” mean? How should I know? People say things knowingly then don’t remember what they knowingly said.  As I have said before, I made it very clear and my spokespersons have made it abundantly clear, I did not know.

 Nobody knows everything, so why am I being singled out for knowing nothing? Can I not be ignorant in this matter? I know there is another e-mail that says I was told in “broad terms” by my trusted aide, a man who is no longer in my employment. But “broad terms” can mean anything, just like “broadly speaking.” And if you have read “Alice in Wonderland” words have been described like this:

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” [2]

If that is not wisdom from a fairytale, then what is wisdom?  And as I have said before very clearly and repeat again: I did not know; people should know that! Too much knowledge can also be dangerous and if I had known about all this stuff happening, I would have been very clear that it was a no-no. Did I just make a pun with know and no? Oh well, this is what happens when one tries to be very clear, transparent and accountable. Now you know! And if you don’t know, I understand, because I know what it is like not to know.  And I know friends, because you are my friends, you will say after reading this, “No problem.” Thank you my friends; it is great to know you all in this time of not knowing. There is so much confusion in this time of accountability. Therefore, I will close with some more pithy words of wisdom from “Alice in Wonderland”:

“I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle!” [3]

Stephen J. Gray
December 30, 2013.


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