Tuesday, 5 December 2017

What's the Harm With a Little Deceit?

Lies For the Greater Good

Truth is a precious jewel.  But why?  Because the Living God has declared, "Thou shalt not bear false witness".  The Bible is unequivocal on the matter: "there are six things which the Lord hates; yea, seven which are an abomination to him--haughty eyes, a lying tongue . . . " [Proverbs 6: 16,17]

But if you happen to be someone who does not fear God, what then?  Lying, fraud, deception and so forth have no sanction against them.  There is no standard by which lying can be condemned.  Rather, if you can get away with it, go for it.  So our present evil world reasons--and cogently.

It is said that in the East lying is automatic, reflexive, and no problem at all if one can get away with it.  In the West, a lingering tradition of Christian truth has meant that publicly lying is not generally endorsed or celebrated.  But in the Muslim world, lying or practising taqiyya towards an infidel or one's wife is perfectly acceptable, even meritorious.

The Greens, in particular, appear to be a political party beset with lies.
  Whilst they are not alone, in their case this mess of pottage is singular because in other ways the Greens are so self-righteous.  In fact they believe so much in the rectitude of their position that they can readily accommodate lies if they happen to service or advance a "Green cause" or two.

In New Zealand we have seen the case of a previous Green leader, Metiria Turei falling from grace and resigning because she told lies about her former state of poverty in order to highlight the "cause" of beneficiaries in this country.  The sanctimony and its attendant duplicity was justified because the end of chivying more money from the public purse for the "poor" justified the deceit.  And now we have a new Green MP who has dressed up her CV and sanctimoniously paraded her rectitude in Parliament as its first refugee MP, only to have her "narrative" collapse under the weight of a thousand qualifications.  But, undaunted, the Greens press on.  Never let the facts or the truth get in the way of a useful narrative to advance a righteous cause.

Of course the Greens are up to their eyeballs in the Great Global Warming charade.  Yet that cause has been riddled from the outset by prevarication, deceit, category revision, exaggeration, scaremongering, and flat out baloney.  But it's all OK--because it will save the planet, don't you know.  The grand end most certainly justifies the means.

They used to say that when war broke out the first casualty was the truth.  The West has moved on from such antique notions.  Now lies and deception are both normal and essential to existence--at least to a life being lived in disbelief and rebellion against God.

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