Facts vs. Meaning

The facts aren’t in question.

What’s in question is what the facts mean: how the dots connect, and the story we’ll tell ourselves about the picture we see.

These are questions of culture. They’re questions of what loyalty means, and which loyalties should prevail.

They’re questions about the short term vs. the long term, personal interest vs. group interest, and how we respond to facts like these.

The facts are the facts. We’re still entitled to choose what they mean for us, and what they’ll mean about us.