Transparency Transparent Bullshit
Transparency implies that the information, communication, or the accountability of ones’ actions are, in effect, basically easy to see and understand. In other words, transparency points towards full disclosure. I’m not sure how you feel, but the word transparency was one I’d hoped would be shelved in 2018 as it was so overused in 2017 that—had the word an expiration date— it would have perished long before the ball dropped in New York City this past New Year’s Eve.
Politicians love the word transparency. Obama once claimed that he had the most transparent administration in history. Donald Trump likes to complain about the lack of transparency of past administrations, yet he was beyond non-cooperative about sharing his own taxes when asked. In fact, when you search the internet, there are tons of articles about how Trump is the least transparent President of all time.
Politicians overuse of the word transparency has—in my opinion—basically saturated our brains to the point that it has become part of our ‘urban’ language. All of a sudden, the word transparency is popping up in everyday conversations as the new ‘catch-phrase’ of the moment. Personally, I am so sick of hearing the word, especially when it is misused and misrepresented.
So how do you know if you are Transparent, exhibiting Transparency… or if you are just full of BULLSHIT!
If I am dating you and you say to me that ‘you can ask me anything, I am so transparent’, so I decide to ‘brave-up’ and ask you—hoping the answer is going to be NO—if you are dating anyone else. When you answer me with something to the effect of ‘No, I only date one woman at a time’ I, for a minute, am grateful that I ‘braved-up’ and asked that ‘oh-so-sensitive’ and awkward dating question, now loving your transparent handsome self.
So, when I have lunch with a single-girlfriend two days later, telling her how ecstatic I am to have a transparent ‘boyfriend-in-the-making’ who confirmed that he is only dating me; she in turn is happy for me, and it makes her optimistically-hopeful that there are still good men in Los Angeles.
So, when my single-girlfriend is at the bar at Craig’s later that night, and she spots YOU canoodling in a booth with some other chick, not only does she text me straight away blowing your lying-not-so-transparent-ass out of the water, but captures the public snogging on her iPhone rendering your changes of ‘worming your way out’ of this situation – impossible.
News Flash – YOU are not transparent, you are full of BULLSHIT!
If you are my friend, and you sense that maybe I might be a bit more distant than normal, and you call me asking me if anything is up, reminding me that you are ‘so transparent, and that I can ask you anything’. So, I decide to ‘girl-up’ and tell you that my feelings are hurt as I have heard from two different friends that you think my blog and my writing endeavors are a waste of my time, energy and money—time, energy and money that would have been better spent on dating sites trying to find a husband.
You, of course, are upset, and tell me that I shouldn’t listen to gossip, and you would never say those things. So, when I tell you that I heard the same story from two different friends who both know you—yet don’t know each other—I therefore find it highly suspicious that they would both have the same identical story, as they obviously can’t co-conspire if they don’t know each other.
As a result, your transparency bubble has suddenly become quite murky, and you are now officially caught and convicted of ridiculous and petty mean-girl behavior.
You are not transparent – you are full of BULLSHIT!
Random Stranger Transparency
If I am at a cocktail party and I meet you for the first time, and in an effort to try and get to know me, you start talking politics. You go on to pontificate how our political institutions and politicians should be more open-minded, less polarized, emphasizing honesty and full transparency. So, when I bring up our current Commander in Chief’s litany of embarrassing Twitter rants, you then slam me for having an opinion.
Guess what? You are not transparent at all—rather, you are just a big-talker narrow-minded non-transparent individual who showed me his true colors up front, saving me from wasting any more of my life listening to your BULLSHIT!
Okay, ‘nuff said. I think you get my point.
And the moral of this transparent story is…
- If you say you are something, please try to mean what you say, or at least understand the definition of the word that you are claiming to be!
- The truth always seems to come out, no matter how transparent you claim to be.
- Why do I get the feeling that the phrase that I hope will expire by the end of 2018 is “No Collusion”
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