You may have read by now that former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has had his email hacked. In emails dumped out for public consumption, various strong and private opinions are there for all to read. What has most caught media interest naturally are his personal views on the current major candidates for U.S president, and especially his, shall we say, “colorful” use of the English language several times.
We all write at times stupidly and unguardedly in email as if it were a private conversation. Happenings like this are reminders some say that we should perhaps save such opinions for the telephone (assuming that’s not being tapped). A quiet corner of a room whispering into an ear might be safest of all – although arranging that may prove difficult with someone who is NOT in that same room, of course.
Or we might also consider penning letters again as in… the eighteenth century! But even letters then were sometimes intercepted by third parties and published in unfriendly “news”papers. And governments read letters, too.
I was not planning on sharing this today, but I couldn’t resist it. Incredibly, I had been working on this Conventions scene yesterday, of all days, before reading about what had happened to our former secretary of state. This is in “1793”:
As the scene continues, “Robert” is less concerned about someone snooping on his political opinions than he is about the intensely personal subject which she also mentions in necessary detail. Governments and others may not care about such things. However, “Robert” feels his other friends and family would likely NOT see that subject in a wildly positive light if they were somehow to find out.
I say no more here. That is for post-publication! 😉
The more we think things change over the centuries, the more we are occasionally reminded they don’t really.
Have a good day, wherever you are in the world. 🙂