Rounding the Dark Side of the Moon

A secret writer from a pragmatic blue-collar neighborhood, Marie White Small brings her skills as a florist, waitress, antiquarian bookseller, bookbinder, cook, and pie-baker to the page.
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Photo by Denise L. Aiello

More than a million years ago, our moon spun on its axis much faster than it now does. Our spinning moon, slowed due to Earth’s gravitational pull, is one half of a symbiotic relationship. Earth’s ocean tides are the result of lunar gravitational pull. These forces together allow Earthlings to see only one side of the moon, a phenomenon known as tidal locking.

Just because we cannot see something, does not mean it doesn’t exist.

The far side of the moon is only visible from outer space. Perspective is everything—the long view of an object, a peculiarity, or an experience eventually reveals its potency, affects, and consequences. In other words, the whole story about something—verified facts without conjecture, otherwise known as truth, is eventually revealed.

So exactly who shot Kennedy? Some would argue that we have known since the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald. The Warren commission upheld that it was indeed Oswald, the lone shooter, who killed Kennedy. Yet, a 2013 Gallup poll indicates this is an unsatisfying answer for sixty percent of Americans.

Truth now appears to be a fluid entity.

shutterstock_286597541We humans intuit understandings, presume, jump to conclusions, and demand to know the yet unknowable. We live in the flux of truth more and more in our American world, fueled by group loyalty—and by the sense that we can change the world for the better with our version of truth.

Why we are the way we are goes back to the dawn of man. We were, and are still now, tribal—a key to our survival. We love teams, groups, and affiliations. Sports teams and political parties are the best examples of our doggedness in wanting to win; we believe victory proves the superiority of our group. But winning and truth are often