‘Truth – The quality or state of being true.’
‘That which is true in accordances with fact or reality.’ Google Dictionary
‘If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom, ‘Tillerson said, ‘A responsibility for every American citizen to each other is to preserve and protect our freedom by recognizing what truth is and is not, what fact is and is not, and begin by holding ourselves accountable to truthfulness, and demand our pursuit of America’s future be fact-based.’ Former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Politico
Of late, our country has had a lively discussion on what is real news and what is fake news. Or, what is a legitimate investigation and what is a witch hunt. Or who’s Presidential Inauguration was larger…when photos clearly document the answer…unless you do not believe…’your lying eyes.’
We require and deserve leaders that will be honest with us. When we are lied to…face to face…with no impunity…it is insulting.
I recall telling a former chancellor, in a private meeting with him and one of his key advisors, to not insult my intelligence again…or the meeting was over. He began to quickly backtrack, as did his assistant, and to assure me that he knew that I was very intelligent.
The point being, was that I knew what the chancellor was telling me was a lie…and he knew that he was telling me a lie…and therefore…why the charade?
So…now…we have another controversy surrounding our beloved Campus that begs the question are we being told the truth…or are we being fed being fed fantasies in the cloak of reality?
The primary impediments to the success of the Carbondale Campus, in the past, has been the lack of support from both the State of Illinois and Boards of Trustees and Central Administration.
I had two friends, who at different times, were the Chairs of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees. Both told me that, the Boards that they chaired, had a very dim view of the Carbondale Campus. They went on to tell me that they felt like that all that we did was fight each other, ‘Bitchers’, and basically cause disruption and they wondered why we could not be successful and good supplicants like the Edwardsville Campus.
They did not mention that since the termination of Chancellor Argersinger we have had 9 chancellors…and that none have had the opportunity to turn the ‘great ship of SIUC around.’
The difference between SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville is the difference between night and day. SIUC is the flagship campus of the system and out of it…every campus in the organization has grown.
We need truth tellers. We need candid honesty.
To have an honest and truthful exchange of ideas and a candid discussion of the needs of our country and of our university…we must respect each other’s intelligence.
Under former President Delyte Morris’s leadership Southern Illinois University flourished.
Each member of the SIUC University Community…when spoken to and communicated with as professionals and sober and resolute adults who are dedicated to the success of the institution, will come to the front of their responsibilities and take on additional tasks…because they are…needed and respected and a vital part of the renaissance of the Carbondale flagship campus.