The thing about lying, really …
“The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.” -Hannah Arendt
“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.” –Carl Jung
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.” –George Orwell
“That’s what show business is, sincere insincerity.” –Benny Hill
“Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour when everyone has to throw off his mask? Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked? Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?” –Soren Kierkegaard.
My mother use to tell me, you are never forced to lie. You always have the option to say nothing. But as I got older, and she’s not here for me to ask … can’t that be a lie too? A lie of omission? Can’t silence be a lie as well?
My father always told me if you don’t tell lies, your life is easier. You don’t have to keep up with who you told what. Just stick to the truth and you’ll be alright. And yes I do believe that and live by that; but my truth is my perception. If my perception changes, or my wisdom, or my memory … does my truth change? I guess we just do our best.
But the biggest question really is this. What lies do you tell yourself? Those are the worst. Especially if you believe them. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if we had an ‘Emergency Shut Off’ button to stop the lies we bombard our brains with?
As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
Proverbs 20:17 (ESV)
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