“The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.” – Henry Louis Mencken
Unfortunately in these times, we are decidedly more apt to forgive and forget a liar’s shortcomings. Conversely, the person who endeavours to tell the truth when faced with lies is often the person shunned and ridiculed for attempting to bare the truth. Why is this? Does the honest answer give us pause to reflect and look inward at ourselves? Is it easier to just be able to make light of a liar and his devious ways and move on without attachment. We are a disposable society; embarrassingly so. We dispose and write off people left, right and center. It takes much more resolve and character to speak honestly about a situation but yet we naturally radiate to the dramas of life circling around a liar, or a cheat, or a thief. What are we missing in our lives if this type of individual gets the starlight instead of someone who is forthright and speaks the truth. Is it the media hounds fault that the bad and unfortunate stories always grab centre-stage? Is it some faulty-wiring in our minds that allows us to watch a train-wreck of a life without helping our fellow man. Instead, we often run in the other direction, too busy in our own lives to offer help. We have such trouble with the truth as a society that many are wounded deeply and apparently irreparably when offered the truth instead of a well-crafted lie. How did we arrive at such a point in our existence where the truth is so under-valued and we would prefer to hear a placating lie because it makes us feel better about ourselves? Communication skills in this communication age are unfortunately at an all time low. We have everything spoon-fed to us by the media and the internet. All too often the so-called truth is skewed or slanted in order to present and validate an opinion from one source to another. There is an obvious bias and you can bet your bottom dollar that someone somewhere is benefiting in a big way by offering negative publicity. Television shows that explore negative ways in our society do infinitely better in the ratings that a truth-based program that supports honest and intelligent reporting. A sad, unfortunate truth in our day and age. Everybody is jumping on the band wagon for their 15 minutes of fame. One needs to look no farther than the likes of Ashley Madison dating sites to know that there is something very wrong going on in our world. Thankfully there are still people out there who remain grounded in the fact that truth is the absolute. Living with honesty in their lives gives them the freedom to live life to the fullest. Think for a moment about all the people in your lifetime that have lied to you about one thing or another and what pain and damage that it caused you…..and then think again about how simple life would be if they had simply told you the truth. There is something to be said for the simple things in life!
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