Lies - Liars and Society Christmas is a lie because it is based on sun worship and the resurrection of the sun after the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Santa Claus is a lie meant to fool children into thinking that some magical, mysterious man has miraculously entered their house during the night and left presents. The Tooth Fairy is a lie designed to help children get over the loss of their teeth. The Easter Bunny is a lie that supposedly delivers a lot of eggs to children in celebration of the ancient festival of fertility when the sun warmed the earth and all things resurrected. In fact, society is full of lies about almost everything. The big picture incorporates all mythology and make-believe. From Hollywood designed movies to the fiction writers of books that stir the imagination in ways it might not otherwise go lies rule the economy and, therefore, the world. It takes in politics and politicians who lie to get elected. They make promises that are rarely kept for one reason or another, yet people vote for them. Ask of someone to write a story and they immediately turn their brain to some fictional idea that comes into their head. Why don't they think about true stories and experiences that happened during their life? As upsetting as it is to those of us who seek truth we know that the conditioning of children from birth is to encourage their brains to think of fiction as a good thing. From school to higher forms of education they are rewarded for their imagined tales that might contribute to the growing mass of stupidity and for which they will be paid - often handsomely. The Harry Potter stories are a case in point. Children quickly became addicted to the magic and incredible feats of kids who have the ability to fly through the air and perform incredible tricks. But what is the lesson learned from it. The author, J. K. Rowling, has made millions from the sale of the product. Kids who emulate films stars and other celebrities' dream of one day becoming actors or models and reaping in the hundreds of thousands of dollars many of them receive for just one public appearance. Perhaps that is the incentive for many to take excessive risks like balancing on ledges in a precarious manner and filming it to post the images on YouTube or some other social media site. Bullying might also come into this realm of undesirable behaviour as many kids have been targeted, even severely bashed, and the videos then publicly aired for some attention. Others, as young as 14 or 15 years, steal cars and race down highways to get some shots for posting in these places. Some are killed and that is the price they pay. But ultimately who pays the price for lies and tricks that hurt, often maim and may even be deadly? The two DJ's in the news globally this week have their season of fame now much to their regret. Their stunt of ringing the King Edward VII hospital and pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles enquiring after the health of the Duchess of Cambridge, has been blamed for the death of a nurse, an innocent victim, who happened to answer the phone at 5.30am and mistake the call for a genuine one and, out of shame, has killed herself. Her family is devastated and the repercussions are severe. So what was the point of the exercise in the first place? Surely it was to make a fool out of someone and to get a few laughs from an audience conditioned to enjoy fiction. It doesn't matter who they are when you ridicule someone it hurts. There is always at least one victim to these pranks. Men freely ridicule and discriminate against women and many are bullies towards them. Lies of this nature breed hatred and disrespect. Women forced to defend themselves against masochistic remarks may also discriminate and exercise hatred towards their attackers. Many people die as a result of lies and the world is in a constant state of confusion and turmoil. The opinions of the majority are juxtaposed over the need to be entertained and to shed the boredom that comes from addiction to fantasy. Power is based on lies and wars are started by them. But can we retract from the history we have made, from the many stories that fill our heads or from the misguided examples set by parents and others during our formative years? No! What you put in by the age of seven stays forever. That means that people cannot see the harm in ridicule, fiction, make- believe, discrimination and the other lies and tricks that come with these things. They cannot determine how others feel and of the consequences when the truth is finally revealed. How does a child feel when it realises that the parents have lied to it? The chances are that when he or she grow up then the same lies will be recycled. Lies cause massive discrimination and pain in areas where class is the most important thing in society. The underclass make up the workers and peasants, often too poor to eat properly, while the upper echelons' of communities everywhere act like gods and have the best the world can offer. The divide between rich and poor is generated by our imagination and rights or heritage that some hold for themselves because they have something that others want. If you are a drug lord you are rich. If you invent a good product you can become rich. If you acquire to a good education you can become better respected and ultimately wealthy. Greed and poverty rule side by side. Power and confusion are bed mates. Religion and mythology are virtually one. Fiction and wealth go together. The weak support the strong and the lowest classes are the foundation stones and strength of the dreams constructed upon them. Such dreams are likely at any time to tumble-down and crush the ones beneath. That is the result of lies and the product of liars. In asking these questions one should be aware that the need to lie is implanted in everyone from birth. The seeds are sown and the complexity of thought begins at that point.
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