A word on editing posts after publishing

I occasionally edit posts after publishing them, without notification.  Yes, that’s called ‘stealth editing’.  Weasels are sneaky, after all.  I do that to improve presentation, as well as fix grammatical or spelling errors.  Unlike the mainstream media, I do not make stealth edits to change the meaning of a post, nor to save myself from embarrassment when my purported facts turn out to be wrong and/or defamatory.

My purported facts do not turn out to be false.  If I tell you something is true, it’s true, to the best of my knowledge.  And my knowledge is vast, for a weasel.  If a fact I publish turns out to be false, the edit will not be stealthy.  I will own up to the mistake, correct it, and leave a note in the post so readers can see it.

I am a firm believer in truth.  Some statements are true and others are false.  There is a difference and it matters.   There are schools of philosophy in which the existence of truth is denied.  (Yes, that is a logical contradiction.  Sorry, there’s a lot of crap out there in philosophy. ) If you find yourself talking to someone who admits that he or she believes there is no truth, stop wasting your time conversing with, reading, etc, this person.  Pay no further attention.  You will gain nothing by trying to learn from a casual liar who justifies his or her own lies.  I’m not talking about perfection; decent people can fail, but they know they are wrong and they know the difference between truth and falsehood.  They are sorry when caught and try to make amends.  And then there are other people.

I am honest by habit and inclination, and expect that of others.  I am not good at lying, having had little practice.  In fact, lying makes me angry.  That’s just the way I am.  That’s why my respect for politicians of a certain stripe and the mainstream media is so low.

So, anyway, stealth edits are for clarification, and I see nothing wrong with that.  Edits that change the meaning of the post, or facts therein, will not be stealthy,


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