Tuesday, March 29, 2011

When a lie isn't just a lie -or- Let's Stop Feeding the Lie Monster

Is it because it's so commonplace in government?  Is it because it's so commonplace in religion?  And let's not leave out the media!  Has it gotten to the point where we can no longer separate what's real and what's true from what's so blatantly false?

Governments lie to their people ALL the time.  Politicians lie with such ease, and their supporters believe the lies - continuing to support them as they erode the very freedoms that we are led to believe still exist.

Religious leaders lie to their followers ALL the time.  To control.

What's the one thing governments and religions have in common?  The need to gain more money, more power.

Did you know that within some families, there are those who would do GREAT in religion, politics or journalism?  A family can be somewhat of a small scale government, religious faction or news station.  Interesting, isn't it?  Within the family, there are soldiers well trained by the (government) leaders, or preachers well trained by the ruling body, or journalists well trained by seasoned veterans.  They are trained to follow in the footsteps of those leaders.  How?  By example. They watch, they learn, they implement.  And unfortunately, in many cases, they succeed.  Which feeds the Lie Monster over and over in a vicious cycle.

Even worse - these minions are so well trained, they can't function in their daily life without lying.  It's like breathing.  Like a drug.  They lie, resulting in getting what they want - whether it be something material, or something emotional like sympathy.  And with sympathy, they get support.  And with support, they gain power.

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive".  So what happens when the web starts to come apart?  I'll tell you:  they lie even more in a desperate attempt to repair those broken threads.  Bigger, better, uglier lies.  It's amazing to watch.  Grossly fascinating, even.

For as the web of lies spins more and more out of control, the web that was once oh-so-beautiful in the eyes of the liar, begins to take on a more grotesque shape.  And they spin harder, faster - more out of control.

At some point, if one is lucky, the web coffers dry up.  People begin to see the ugliness of that "web".  And they stop looking, sadly realizing that what once was beautiful - is really just truly ugly.  Not like a physical ugliness, it's a spiritual ugliness.

When money & power are the driving force, and that layer is taken away - what do we find underneath?

A spiritually bankrupt entity.