Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 31, 2019

Daily missive for Tuesday the 31st of December.~by Peter Forster


 

 

Daily missive for Tuesday the 31st of December.

A secret is not a secret
If nobody knows
It is an unknown
Not hidden or kept
But nonexistent
It is in the act of knowing
That it becomes
Acquired knowledge
Kept in confidence
Carefully stored
But in the sharing
It is given oxygen
To breathe
The life it acquires
Can burn as wildfire
In a hot dry wind
Imbue the knowledgeable
With the power
Of secrets
As literate priests
Laid claim to religion
In the middle ages
And beyond
Organising cupboards
Full of skeletons
Imbuing themselves
With status
Keepers of the flame
Brokers of wisdom
Lawmakers
Freedom takers
Holders of classified truth
Transposers of meaning
Elevating secrecy
Above and beyond
Creating a system
Of belief
Dependent on a
Carefully constructed
Notion of partially
Revealed secrets
Reifying them
As the norm
Punishing non-believers
And exposing
Whistleblowers
To ex-communication


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