Great posting from my friend Mel: Matt Damon telling it like it may be, even is*, as the character Will Hunting in the great movie, directed by Gus Van Sant: ‘Good Will Hunting’
Footnote: ‘Telling like it is’ means taking a clear stand on causal chains that may surprise us. As per the comments to this posting, this does not mean that the character Will Hunting is accurately describing a particular actual causal chain involving any real intelligence service. It is a movie, it is art, it is suggestive that such chains might exist.
Indeed the Iraq War may provide some evidence about the potential mis-use of intelligence information to make major foreign policy decisions….but this blog posts material to provoke debate on the basis that (as in good universities, as in Socratic dialogue, as in all good self-questioning) conflict aka argument is a good road to improved understanding, especially compared with unthinking orthodoxy or what may be worse: using your intelligence to prop up an already jumped to conclusions. And without argument how do we expand solution space?
As for art. Well this movie is not great art, but it is art. And art, in my view, fails if it tells us what to think or even how to think. It’s real aim is to simply make us think: challenge our cozy preconceptions, our view of how the world is. And while this blog is not art, it does share this goal: hopefully, to make you stop and think, without telling you how or what to think. Thanks to my commenter on this posting below for suggesting some clarification.