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January 08, 2005

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MTW

Someone left the TV on last night and I saw part of American Idol while I was putting away the groceries. A young girl who was told by Simon that she had potential, but was not ready for the contest morphed the story into him saying that she had the best voice of anyone there. They kept playing the tape of what he really said, and what she and her mother and sisters said he said. You could tell they really believed what they were saying, but they were clearly wrong. I think the intense emotion and the high stakes (fragile ego) colored what they "remembered."

I think the same is true for any human story. I'm not sure, myself, how to tell the difference between those human stories and the divinely-inspired ones, other than by my own conscience.

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