Sunday, October 27, 2013

Naïveté: The Theater of Outrage

German Chancellor Merkel is naive if she believes that the US is not spying on her. And she is naive if she believes that we Americans don't already assume that Germany, too, is spying on the US. There seems to be quite a bit of naiveté affected among Americans and Europeans these days. One should always assume that one is being watched. Conversely, one should never be so naive as to believe that one's words or actions are worthy of surveillance. That would just make you a megalomaniac, and you don't have the time for that nonsense. Instead, we all need to focus on our performances of outrage and naiveté. It would be a shame to disappoint.