Imagine a world without lies. A place where people didn’t know social etiquette, a place that didn’t sugar coat their words. It would be brutal and unkind, smashing the dreams of those who dared to hope. A world that is cold, filled with logic and no emotion. A world where no consideration for others was taken, the only desire to have others know the truth, no matter the cost.
I am glad we don’t live in that world. I am glad that we live in a world where we have emotions, no matter how scary they may be to us. Our world is still filled with people who have no consideration for others but it is balanced out with people who have kind hearts. A kind heart who can tell the truth when it’s needed and able to fudge the lines when it’s not.
It is not always beneficial to tell the truth, there are times when a little white lie does better than the brutal truth. Imaging expressing your desires and dreams to someone and having them dashed because of ‘truth’. It would be like living in a world of the reality television, truth without consequence. A world where there is no barrier between thought and speech, is no place at all. There would be no battles picked, no taking one for the team or blurring of the lines.
Truth isn’t universal, it differs from person to person. A thought materialised by one person can be shot down by another. I am glad there is a barrier that stops most of us speaking the first thought that comes to our head, it may not always work but it works enough. There is no way to determine if a person is speaking the truth or lying, we trust nothing more than our gut feeling, hoping that it won’t steer us wrong. Trusting that people at their core believe in the truth, that malicious lies will get them no where.
Black lies, lies told to hurt and destroy a person come from a place deep inside a being, speaking their insecurities rather than the failings of their target. I am always amazed at a person who can pull off a lie successfully, able to keep all of the ends tied nicely, remember who knows what piece of story. There are few people like this who exist, a lie will always catch up, a knot come undone and tangle the web of deceit. A malicious lie messes with a person, attacks their worth, questions their motives and destroys their integrity.
People don’t like to be lied to, but they can’t handle the brutal nature of the complete truth. Where do we draw the line? How can we perfect the balance between the light and the dark? It is even possible?