In the autumn of 2008 when Mr. H. Polson was the U.S. Secretary of the treasury the word “transparency” became a popular expression used by media and politicians often implying a kind of moral forthrightness. Now the term is sounded so often that it is beginning to mean “goodness” so that “transparency’s’ opposite, “opaqueness” seems to imply a kind of hiddeness, behind which fraudulent actions may be committed.

But to me “transparent” means only something that one can “see through”, a gauze curtain perhaps, or an X-ray image which I see but may or may not be able to understand. So for me the word opaque never implies a quality of less worth than its opposite transparency; whether an image or an action appears through a transparent glaze or is immediately visible depends only on one’s ability to understand what one sees.


They used to say it would end all wars
That world-wide calamity;
Then with just a glimpse of history
Prize in hand for peace he planned his war.

And the army, Oh the army
Guns behind them,
Motionless, scarcely breathing
Waiting, watching for the moment
Like a house cat waiting
To be a leopard