Transparency

transparency

When we know what's going on we can change it.

 

Knowledge

knowledge

The more we know, the better ideas we have.

 

Rationality

rationality

The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.

 

Compromise

compromise

We all live together and and depend on each other.

 

Admonishing a child to never lie creates a liar, because they will and then they'll have to lie about it. We often treat adults the same way. The truth is we all lie so we need to differentiate between good lies and bad lies. The difference comes when our lies hurt other people.

  • A lie to prevent hurting someone else can be a good lie
  • Cheating in any form is lying that harms others and is a bad lie
  • When a lie is found out, a connection is irreparably diminished
  • Men lie an average of three times a day to protect themselves
  • Women lie an average of twice a day to protect others
  • Lying can become habitual, to the point where you lie without even receiving a benefit
  • In the case of confabulation, your brain actually creates false memories that conform to your lies so you believe them yourself
  • Studies show that people who decrease their rate of lying experience better physical and mental health

So we need to slow the reflex of our brain to automatically lie, so that we continue to lie when it helps others, but minimize the lies that harm others. Both parties benefit.

“Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they're used.” ― Max Brooks

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