Politics may historically be the official domain of deceit and organized religion a circus of escalating irrationality but surely lying reaches fine arts status in education.
What are we taught? That society is sane, when it is clearly not (note million dollar salaries to athletes while our children starve, etc.). That leaders are public servants, when they are self- serving adolescents. That behaving pays off, that following the rules leads to success, that hard work paves the road to prosperity.
What if we were told the truth? Imagine learning that we are individually responsible for creating our own life experience and that blaming is a psychological disease. Imagine exploding the biggest lie of them all, that happiness comes from the outside. What would life be like if we shed our addictions to seeking, acquiring and possessing? Sure, the minute anyone starts down this road, an uproar arises, accusing the speaker of impracticality. But who said anything about retreating into a cave? In fact, nothing could be more practical than sourcing your own fulfillment. That's freedom. That's independence. That's leadership. And that's honesty.
Democracy. What a convenient lie. Some of us still believe that voting means that our voice gets heard. How, exactly? We choose between a narrow slate of candidates limited to those who can afford to run. And lying has become the accepted pathway to success for candidates who will say anything to get elected and then do anything their backers demand of them.
Many years ago a wise man promised that "the truth will set you free." Indeed. The truth of personal responsibility, the truth of individual integrity, the truth of sourcing our own experience of fulfillment – happy for no reason, just for being alive – that's the truth of the moment. Honesty is presence.
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