The pitfalls of deception

"All truth is simple... is that not doubly a lie?" - Friedrich Nietzsche

I admit I have fallen in this particular hole more times than I care to count, and every time I think I am doing better, oops slipped again...

"Walking your talk is a great way to motivate yourself. No one likes to live a lie. Be honest with yourself, and you will find the motivation to do what you advise others to do." - Vince Poscente

I value honor and honesty a great deal, perhaps more than most, and so when I trip, I feel it a bit more, yet it still continues to happen, as is often the case when you try to establish a higher standard.

"A man who will not lie to a woman has very little consideration for her feelings" - Olin Miller

The fact is people lie, we are raised to do it, we are rewarded for doing it, society is built on it, but yet we say it is a bad thing to lie, and I won't argue that point, because I know that it is a bad thing to lie.

However many people lie every day, every moment, but we call it tact or social grace. Is it not a lie to tell an obese person that they are looking good or that they look horrible in that dress? People who are the most honest are often called "blunt" or "tactless", because they will tell it like it is.

He who does not need to lie is proud of not being a liar." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Where do you draw the line between lying tactfully and outright lying? And does that line sometimes slip a bit?

"Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts." - Clare Booth

And what about when you lie or hide something to protect another's feelings or to prevent an argument? I have been guilty of this one far too many times, it never turns out well, but I keep falling into that trap...

I don't remotely claim to be perfect, nor even completely honest, I simply do the best I can and when I slip and fall, I get back up and move forward, there is little to be gained in looking for perfection or regretting that we are not perfect.

"False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil." - Plato

4 Dec 2007 11:45:52


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