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The Stuff Of Lies

Knowing when someone is lying to you is a prerequisite for survival these days and one important way to test if this is happening is to listen carefully to what is being said. If the narrative is inconsistent or vague, you can be sure that there is a lie in the works somewhere and either that is sufficient to know or if you are a psychological sleuth, you can take the time to track the intended deception down.

One of the problems one encounters when exploring the concept of lying is that people invariably lie to themselves. This means that when they are conversing with someone else, the dialogue can sound very convincing. It can take a concerted effort by a listener to hear what is actually being said beyond the facade of fake honesty that is being presented.

On the other hand, some liars are equipped deceivers. They will make something sound logical up to a point, then they think, “Well that should do it.”
If one listens carefully though, the constructing of logic ‘on the fly’ can be recognised and the inevitable end to the discussion will arrive with all sorts of jangling threads being present. The appearance of a watertight lie, never has the ring of truth about it, especially at the end.

Using an ultimate source of truth to deceive

Liars often use an ultimate or seemingly undeniable source of truth to deceive people. An example is a religion which uses a slanted interpretation it’s own holy scripture to justify a course of action or belief.
Another example of an ultimate source of truth is science. People will say “It have been proven scientifically..” to convince someone of something. The reality of course is that goal of science is not be an ultimate truth but instead to uncover the unknown. The conclusions that scientists come to when attempting this, vary wildly and often change like the wind.

Intuition can discern a lie

Many people are either not in touch with their own intuition or don’t trust it because it is based on feelings rather than logic. By listening carefully to what someone is saying the conversation can permeate through to all of the feeling centres as well as to the left brain and these places can be a powerful source of information should one listen to them. In a way the intuition is the final barrier to being deceived and the more in touch with it we are, the more accurately a situation or discussion can be interpreted.

One lie leads to another

“What a web of lies,” is an accurate term when dealing with a seasoned liar. Liars are incorrigible, they don’t know when to stop because the admitting of their complete fabrication or bias is too painful to face, even to themselves. So the circus goes on until someone or a situation calls them out then all hell can break loose as they desperately try to defend what they have built. It won’t stand up though, all lies are built on shifting sand and eventually fall flat.

Being duped is difficult to acknowledge

Acknowledging that we have swallowed a lie is a very difficult thing to do because it is ego bruising but once it is done then the sense of relief can be liberating in the extreme.
I remember when I first started meditating, I became aware of a mountain of deceptions I had bought into and it was devastating, however over the years releasing myself from these encumbrances has become a passion and nowadays it is much easier to see one coming.

Little white lies

We sometimes lie to protect ourselves or others. But are we in the long term, would it be better to be completely honest, constantly? Many people can’t cope when you start speaking ‘truth’ or originality. I can say this that it is prudent to avoid giving information to some people so that they can misuse it. What this boils down to is a matter of ‘trust’ and trust is a whole other subject.

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