David Lifton was at an impasse. He was investigating the description of wounds suffered by JFK as described by doctors at Parkland and at Bethesda. They differed significantly. It was a contradiction. He struggled with the notion that one group or the other was lying, but that did not resonate. Each side seemed sincere.
He remembered advice from Ayn Rand …
Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
Instead of questioning the integrity of the doctors, Lifton took another tack: Suppose that everyone is telling the truth, but that between Parkland and Bethesda, the body was altered? This was his breakthrough, making his research among the most important ever done in the investigation of the murder. It led him to ambulance chases and Jackie and RFK unknowingly escorting an empty casket from Dallas to Bethesda that night. (We now have good reason to think that the LBJ swearing-in ceremony aboard Air Force One in Dallas, completely unnecessary, was staged to gather everyone at the front while the body was spirited out of the back of the aircraft.)
Rand’s critical thinking device is invaluable, so much so that it can also be used to unravel and discredit her goofy economics and objectivism. It is the most important thing I have learned in the last twenty-seven years. I recommend it to all. It will guide you through everything you see around you. Never let a contradiction rest.
Adios, compadres. It’s been mostly fun.
May all my friends be safe and well,
May all my enemies go to hell.
Noel, Noel, Noel.
(Ogden Nash, Christmas card)