I’m the type of person that treasures truth. Therefore, if I learn that a person has lied to me, I tend to lose all respect for the person. My husband and I discussed this very topic early on in our courting relationship. After 38 years of marriage, I can say that being truthful with each other is what held us together. There have been times when the truth was painful, but my husband knew that lying would result in worse consequences. So, it is in the sharing of truth, that we have stayed together, through the good times and the bad.
Lying Breeds Mistrust
It is through the sharing of the truth that trust is built. A marriage without trust is not a good marriage; just as any relationship, without trust, is not a good relationship. It takes a lifetime to build a relationship based upon truth and trust. Yet, it takes only five minutes and one lie to smash it all to smithereens!
Lying is Prevalent in Our Society
With truth as the foundation of any relationship, I must ask: When did lying become morally acceptable? And what does this say about the condition of our relationships and our society? I have witnessed lies in the workplace, on television, and definitely in politics. Lies are intended to deceive. They result in the liar’s loss of sincerity and credibility. Nothing good ever comes from a lie – that is why we consider lying to be intrinsically evil. Yet, it is so prevalent in our society today; so much so, that we are becoming numb to it. We seem to be accepting it!
- We witness a co-worker or manager lie, and we do nothing because we don’t want to make waves.
- Television shows ooze with lies and deceit and we become fans of the programs.
- Politicians spin the truth to accommodate their positions, or outright lie. They come clean only when a journalist “outs” them. We simply dismiss the lies and don’t hold our politicians to accountability.
Folks, this is not good! Lying is never morally acceptable. It’s time to wake up and demand more of ourselves and others. Value truth and truthfulness, as God is Truth. Move away from lying and embrace the truth. We deserve to hear the truth, because our human dignity demands it.
So, going forward, don’t look the other way when you witness lies. Instead, hold people, especially politicians, accountable to telling the truth. Boycott products that falsely advertise. Boycott television shows that promote lying. That’s just for starters. I’m sure you can come up with additional ways to seek the truth. If you would like to share your ideas, add a comment to this post.
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