reply to post by Greensage
I guess knowing that everything is a half-truth and that illusions have more truth though the illusion I would say that we are screwed as a Society.
There is no way we can ever reveal the true extent of the path of the liar because the sources are many and the intent is incalculable. Does someone
lie because they are paid to, or, are they doing it just to get back at living a lie forced by others? Who knows, but a lie is a lie and when it all
comes down to it a lie only degrades the user. Ultimately we die and the information is purged, what is left is the shard of which we nurtured.
I, my friend, am not so sure in the knowledge that everything is a half-truth. It seems to me, in my own helplessly subjective way, that truth is
truth, regardless of our perceptions of it. If an orange has a sliver of the peel sliced off of it, but my perception of that orange precludes me
from seeing the orange from the angle that would reveal the sliver sliced off, then that orange will appear to be whole. That would be the
half-truth, or three-quarter truth, or whatever percentage of a whole orange minus the sliver would be. Of course, it is prudent to pick up the
orange, if possible, and examine it from all angles. Not all data can be so easily examined as an orange.
As to revealing the true extent of the liars path, I think, once we understand a liar is a liar, we can come to successfully predict their
destination, if they continue to lie. Even if they do keep lying, what can we do with these liars but show them our compassion? Certainly they
deserve that, at the very least, for how easy is the honest mans path? Just how honest should we be? Lies of omission are still lies, but then
should we constantly reveal all truth as we know it regardless of the consequences?
I have known people who are "brutally honest" and indeed, there seems to be at least one member in this thread who has chosen "brutal honesty" as
their reply. It is an interesting concept, this "brutal honesty", and sometimes I think anyone of us who are confronted with it might find
ourselves questioning the efficacy of such "brutal honesty". Not that it isn't honest, as I am sure it is, but that this honesty may not be
reflective of truth. Is this a contradiction? Perhaps, but is truth prohibited from holding contradictory concepts with in its reality? It is, I
think, a fair question.
I like the idea that people can be responsible for their own behavior, but it isn't showing itself to be true or feasible. Maybe one day but not
today. I just think it is utterly important for information to remain available to each and every one of us on this Globe so that at least one person
People are responsible for their own behavior, whether they accept that responsibility or not. Here's the real kicker though, if we are ever to
become more than who we are, we must not only accept responsibility for our own actions, but for as many actions as we can possibly bear. That is the
mark of a true hero, to accept responsibility regardless of whose actions created the outcome. Blame, in the final analysis is, quite simply,
It is a very exciting age we live in, and these are interesting times. Of course, I have been told that Chinese have a curse that states: "May you
live in interesting times". I suppose, and this is yet another angle on the truth, that much lies in how we perceive it. The relationship between
the observer and the observed seems to have, at least on a quantum mechanics level, some credence. That idea is all together far out, and as Einstein
might call it; "Spooky action at a distance", truth may or may not be all it is cracked up to be, or it very well may be that there are more things
in Heaven and Earth, than are dreamt of in our philosophy's, Horatio.