Appearance

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.

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