Didn't someone allegedly say "what is truth?" It may be an invention of the character who wrote that part of John's Gospel, whoever he was, but it rings true for a Roman official in a land of wonders and superstitions he never encountered in Italy. It could even be considered a profound question. I think so. However, in our time of fake truth masquerading as real truth and real truth being denigrated as fake news, it is a question we could well spend time analyzing. I don't think most people want to know what truth is; I believe they want to know what makes them comfortable and comforted. This is perhaps the greatest problem with democracy as a system: Voters don't seek truth, are not equipped to do so. Plato of course knew this 1400 years ago, but it is never out of date to remember it.

Norman Ravitch *62
Savannah, Ga.