”I have great faith in fools — self-confidence my friends call it.” Edgar Allen Poe
Our modern world is full of lies. Not that lies were not prevalent throughout human history, but it’s different now. We are bombarded with them in every aspect of our lives and we comfortably accept them. Not just lies of men with overturned lives who have done wrong and seek to escape the consequences or those who seek to do wrong with the best of intentions but lies of every degree, small and grand. Lies that fill every crevasse of modern existence, some with little intent or purpose interposed amongst the grandest of deceptions filling our airways.
The reality is that we love to be lied to. We seek lies like treasure. They give us comfort telling us we are successful, beautiful and noble creatures but only if we buy a product, donate our money, follow a cause or vote their vote. The politician, the actor lie to us. We know they lie to us. They know that we know that they lie to us yet we stand to applaud and cheer, seeking their approval and attention.
The lies we tell others hold no comparison to the lies we tell ourselves. That is the one truth that spurs this world of lies. We lie to ourselves, constantly and with impunity …. about diet and health, integrity and intent. Truth is uncomfortable, creating conflict and separation and exposing our character. Truth is a messy affair. You can’t blame people for preferring lies.