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Monday, April 06, 2015

TRUTH IN SIN CITY

There's a scene in Sin City that's very powerful and very true.  Its about truth, lies, and power, and what matters in a world where there's no integrity or honor left.  A world that does not cling to absolute truth or objective reality.
Senator Roark pulls out a gun on the helpless cop Hartigan in his hospital bed:



Power don't come from a badge, or a gun.  Power comes from lying, lying big and getting the whole damn world to play along with you.  Once you got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain't true, you get them by the balls.
There's what, maybe 500 people in this hospital?  I could pump you full of bullets right now and I wouldn't be arrested Everyone would lie for me, everyone who counts.  Otherwise all their own lies, everything that runs Sin City, it all comes tumbling down like a pack of cards.
If all you care about is power, and you believe not just truth but reality its self is just subject to whoever has the most power to make it however they wish... this is how you approach life.  This is your template for dealing with other people.  
This is how you get Apple and Yelp and late night comedians, and all the rest to go along with you.  Because you got them by the snardlies and they'll back your lies.

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