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The Power of Honesty

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The Power of Honesty


Honest, in my humble opinion, is the most important thing a person can be. When we are honest we are free from deception. Lets face it, to lie is to mislead. When a lie is told someone is mistaken, or to put it as plainly as possible; someone is lost. Each single lies we tell blocks us off, brick by brick, from forming meaningful and lasting connections with any and all life. Deception causes us to lose friends that never where, to miss experiences. When we lie we lose sight of the vibrant and joyous life we deserve, and instead we turn to face a wall of deception.

By Владимир Чуприков / reworked by A.Savin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Владимир Чуприков / reworked by A.Savin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Decide that honesty is worth the effort. Shake loose the lies that have kept you bound and limited.

Amazing things start to happen when you tell others (and yourself) the truth. The negative emotions we feel when tell lies start to disappear. The self righteous shenanigans of the ego begins to lose its power. The anxiety and fear of getting caught in our web of lies starts to fade away with every telling of the truth. The shame that used to keep us feeling like less and less each day, is replaced with healthy pride as we shatter through the lies that once kept us imprisoned.

By Uoaei1 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Uoaei1 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Choosing to tell the truth, in all circumstances, is one of the most transformative decisions a person can make. You might be thinking that I am talking about what some would consider big lies, grand deceptions- and you would be half-way correct. I am also talking about the smaller lies we deem less important, the lies we may call small, inconsequential, or white. These lies are just as dangerous, because in the end all they are good for is keeping us from the fullness of life that can only come from the truth.

By Jacek Halicki (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jacek Halicki (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Every lie we tell, whether to ourselves or to others, removes us a little-bit-farther farther from the exuberant joy that life can bring. In deception we become embedded within the negative emotions that cause us to suffer.For those of you that know me you’ve probably gotten used to hearing me speak about the importance of treating others with the respect and honesty they deserve.

I speak from experience. I’ve been in that dark place where I felt that honesty wasn’t worth the trouble. Lies have a way of controlling you. Each lie costs you. You lose control as each lie funnels you down an ever-decreasingly narrow path. One day your decision making process has been completely overtaken by the necessity to uphold the deception.

I’ve been in that state of mind where to be honest would be to lose the upper hand. I’ve been held hostage by that persistent worldview that demands you don’t show weakness, you don’t express kindness, you don’t treat others as you’d like to be treated; you treat them as nothing more than passers-bye…. Holding stubbornly to an attitude that makes it impossible to build a meaningful relationship with anyone.

I have healed, and it is in large part due to committing to complete and total honesty to myself and all those I come in contact with.
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Story-Telling; Mistaking Familiar Lies As Truth

Story Telling; Mistaking Familiar Lies as Truth


Why is conflict so prevalent in the world today? Why is it that when people encounter each other they are quick to pass judgement and slow to communicate? How is it that we possess the ability to understand each other through honest and open discourse, but we instead choose not to speak? How can so many men and women believe that the only course of action worth taking is one that ends in human conflict, mass suffering and lives lost? It must have something to do with the stories we tell ourselves; because it has very little to do with the truth.

By American Colony Jerusalem (Library of Congress[1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By American Colony Jerusalem (Library of Congress[1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
People love stories. Our history is peppered with the stories that our ancestors where raised on. Good stories are the hallmark of civilized society after all. They collectively form a cultural identity. They help us to develop a sense of identity in a broader context than the tiny little sphere we find ourselves in. These stories give us the blueprint on how we should think, feel, and act when it comes to all sorts of things. This is happening every second of every day within our minds eye. Whether you are lying in bed listening to your grandmother read “Hansel and Gretel” aloud as you fall asleep, or whether you are sitting alone on a park bench with only your thoughts to keep you company, your mind is telling you a story. A story that is composed of all the things you’ve been through, all the opinions you’ve heard, all the movies you’ve seen, and every other event that you’ve experienced.

By Petar Milošević [CC BY-SA 3.0 rs (http-::creativecommons.org:licenses:by-sa:3.0:rs:deed.en) or GFDL (http-::www.gnu.org:copyleft:fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Petar Milošević [CC BY-SA 3.0 rs (http-::creativecommons.org:licenses:by-sa:3.0:rs:deed.en) or GFDL (http-::www.gnu.org:copyleft:fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
A little story here or there is a wonderful thing. It allows us to exercise our imaginations and, as I stated earlier, it allows us to venture past the limited sphere of experiences we encounter in our day to day. Many lives are enriched by the addition of a powerful narrative. But what happens when the stories are mistaken for the truth? What happens when these stories are repeated so often that they become mistaken for the kind of concrete knowledge that is only gained from first hand experience? Our modern civilization has both a blessing and a curse in the technological infrastructure we’ve amassed. A blessing because we have the resources to expose the truth on any number of subjects, and a curse because that same truth becomes hidden behind an endless story-telling that continues to propagate this sense of false-knowing. When we tell stories to justify our choices those stories are never challenged. Unless we are lucky enough to learn firsthand the err of our ways. And like a house of cards it all comes down.

By Martin Falbisoner (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http-::creativecommons.org:licenses:by-sa:3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Martin Falbisoner (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http-::creativecommons.org:licenses:by-sa:3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The truth is that most of us will never possess the type of first hand knowledge needed to whip us into the state of conflict the world is in today. Instead we will be told a series of stories. These stories will create in us a narrative that becomes so redundant that we find ourselves adopting it as truth, and when that happens we will act as though from a place of knowing. We will find ourselves spewing racial slurs, applauding airstrikes that kill unarmed women and children, and backing the atrocious and unjustifiable actions of government that miraculously coincide with these stories.

WAR & CONFLICT BOOKERA:  WORLD WAR II/NAVY

People kill each other over thousands of things. Differences being at the top of the list. Religion is just one of the differences we’ve been taught to focus on and exploit. This type of divisive thinking is propagated intentionally to destabilize and excite the social atmosphere. It creates a dynamic pool of potential human energy. It is then culled by those who know how. Emotionally charged people who believe they are justified in how they feel are easily funneled… to buy… to vote… to kill, to go to war or to motivate in whichever way is presented as the best course of action. The same tactics that where used to condition and create a jihadist overseas where used to whip up nationalist fervor during the rise of the Nazi party, and these same tactics are employed on the American people through mainstream media.

By بلال الدويك (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http-::creativecommons.org:licenses:by-sa:3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By بلال الدويك (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http-::creativecommons.org:licenses:by-sa:3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  Whether you’re an Atheist or Believer, Catholic or Protestant, Sunni or Shia, Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Liberalist, Cop or Civilian, Black or White, it matters not; it’s whether or not you are trapped in patterns of divisive thinking that keep you believing you are ‘righteous’ and that others are just … “different”.

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