Truths behind telling Lies

Ram Bansal By Ram Bansal, 6th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I wonder, how and under what conditions, a person invented lying - to say what is not in existence. Is this not the greatest invention of humanity on the Earth. A majority of us would like to call it a negative development. But there has been none on this earth who did never lie except the wild animals.

The Greatest Invention

Imagine a world where people did not know telling lies, and surely, this was the state of our world long ago. Lying evolved with our evolution to higher level of civilization, and so, is a part and parcel of civilized life.
I wonder, how and under what conditions, a person invented lying - to say what is not in existence. Is this not the greatest invention of humanity on the Earth. A majority of us would like to call it a negative development. But there has been none on this earth who did never lie except the wild animals.

The greatest Lie from known Human History

Some hypocrites may call, without going into serious investigations, the history of civilized humanity to be tens of thousands of years old. But the close scrutiny reveals that it is only 3,000 years old with the beginning of first habitations near water streams in Southern Europe and on Indian subcontinent. Before that all humans were wandering races moving from one place to another in search of temperature congenial to life and naturally available foods.
From this historical background of humanity, lying was first put on record and promoted by Plato through his Academy in Acropolis, now called Athens in Greece. His greatest lie is that of existence of God which still survives in the minds of a vast majority of humanity. To promote this misconception, he devised the institution of religion which came up one after the other. With these misguiding concepts, his first great creation as apostle of lies was a so-called incarnation of God called Krishna on the Indian subcontinent with the purpose of degrading and winning the people psychologically and dominating them for exploitation in multiple ways. The process culminated into the first world war, in reality, called Mahabharat in which Krishna used and promoted the technique of lying on a large scale. In this war, Alexander also participated as Sikhandi (from which is his Indian derived name - Sikandar) on the invitation of Krishna. Since then, lying has become a glorified human trait for the simple reason that the people whose God lies and still appreciated by them shall certainly lie and feel glorified like their God. Mahabharat was an armed confrontation to a small extent but that of lies and morality to a great extent.

Justification for Lies

The first justification of lying as promoted by the lying incarnation of God has been to save Dharma - Religion, which itself is a lie. His preached Dharma for the war was to get the due share of Pandavas - illegitimate sons of Cunty Pratha from unknown fathers, in the kingdom. This was only a false plea for organizing a war on the land to grab political power, as is proved by the ultimate result of the war. The apostle of lies won the war but he did not handover the reigns of power to Pandavas in whose name the war was won. Instead, Mahapadmanand was installed as Emperor of India and the Pandavas were asked to go to Himalayas where they got perished. Even today, whenever a person tells a lie he/she says that he/she is doing so to protect his Dharma. No doubt, the biggest and longest wars on the Earth have been in the name of religions.
A lie for saving someone's life has often been considered justified, but none does so for saving life of a criminal. And also, many a persons extend their justification of lying like that of doing good to someone.

Circumstantial Factors of Telling Lies

Like there is nothing good or bad in absolute terms. A bad thing under one circumstance may be proved good in another circumstance. Killing a person from the opposite army on a war front is considered a heroic deed, but killing the same person in a different context is said to be bad. Similarly, a lie may be good or bad under different circumstances.
If a person on his/her routine way of life harms another person by his/her neglect, the former is accused. But if the other person is benefited without knowledge of the former, he/she is not appreciated, while in both the circumstances he/she is on his/her routine way and ignorant about the other person. Logically, if the person deserves a blame for harming by negligent, he/she must deserve an appreciation for benefiting by neglect.
The solution to this riddle of logic and reality lies in what is usually expected of a person. This usual expectation of society is to take care of not harming others. So the person is justifiably accused for not taking usual care he/she is expected to take.
Such a logic of usual expectation is true about lies too. If a person is expected to tell a lie under a given set of circumstances by the current social norms, his/her telling a lie is right and his/her telling the truth would be considered wrong and vice-versa.
This logic most appropriately applies to an advocate telling a lie to a court of law to save his/her client without being accused of telling the lie even in the so-called truthful court.

Lies Today

Presently in many societies under transition from backwardness to modernity, most of the person tell lies mainly for possessing more wealth, and such lies are being considered usual things. Take the case of Indian politicians who are openly and repeatedly proved to be liars, cheats, corrupt, dishonest etc. even in the courts of law. Even then, many such accused persons get elected to legislatures by the people who are well aware of faults of these persons. Thus, all lies are being covered under forces of wealth and political authority.
Indeed, social norms about lies are changing fast and these are subjective to situations of respective societies. Therefore, there are no absolute norms about lies.


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author avatar Ram Bansal
An Engineer in the wonderland of Authorship, principally for authoring eBooks. My writings principally focus on psychology, Indian politics, philosophy, health and happiness in routine ways.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Jul 2015 (#)

Bold take Ram. Politics is a cesspool of lies. Religion is more like fairy tales as God has disappeared from sight for a long while at least. It is used to fight wars and justify killings giving a lie that they profess peace - maybe, some misunderstanding! Also, when everything fails, we can say "my God is greater than yours"!

I have refrained from lying all my life as I find when I speak the truth I don't have to remember what I said and my conscience feels feather light too - siva

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author avatar Ram Bansal
7th Jul 2015 (#)

@Sivaramakrishnan A, Glad that there is someone whose conscience is still living. Anyway, thanks for concurring my views.

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