Tuesday, April 3, 2007

It is, It isn't or It Could Be

Help me with this, will you? Does it make sense that either it is or it isn't when it comes to physical, and therefore concrete objects?

For instance, if one comments that a road exists on a property either it exists or it doesn't exist. Right? I realize we could argue what constitutes a road or even a dirt road, but it still exists or does not. A trail is not a road, a path is not a road. They are paths and trails. If you name the road and draw it on a map of the property and claim location by this thing you named, then you sure as hell mean that there is an identifying object that is visible to the eye, and to the sense of touch if you bend down to feel it. Main St. is Main St. and you can see it and walk on it (maybe) and if you fall down on it you know it. You could say "I fell down on Main St. yesterday". Everyone who is familiar with Main St. would then know where you fell down and might even ask "where on Main St.?". Simple enough.

How then can land sellers claim that there are 4 roads through a development, name them all and when others go to look for them the roads can't be found? Even the town inspector doesn't know anything about them. Anyway, the eBay land seller stands behind the fact that they exist.

Just to be fair, when describing something like the weather one could utilize some personal liberties. If you're aware that someone loves the snow and cold you could say, regarding a certain location, that even though the January average temperature is 20F and the January average snowfall is 12", that it's colder than 20F and snows more than 12" a lot of years in January. By the same token a warm weather person could be told it's warmer than 20F and snows less than 12" a lot of years in January. This is interpreting the facts to appeal to the listener and it's NOT LYING.

It is LYING when you say something exists and it does not exist. It appears that Internet land transactions are ripe with LIES, misrepresentations, and the deliberate act of leaving out crucial information. The electronic venue for land sales should be halted until it can be regulated properly. Are you listening eBay? Are you listening prospective land buyers?

I would enjoy hearing from those buyers and sellers who see no wrongs in the current system as it exists. The old saying caveat emptor just doesn't seem to fit.

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