“Insofar as the individual wants to maintain themselves against other individuals, they will under natural circumstances employ the intellect mainly for dissimulation.”(1)
One cannot sit on deceit. It is neither physically possible, or figuratively a good idea, and yet so often people do; putting up with all kinds of mendacious manipulations from those they know and have as a part of their lives. But, why?
Is it simply a lack of awareness that they are being lied to, or is it more so that we are entrenched in world of untruth, and are subject to the will of others in the form of their tactile use of language against us with such regularity that we reach a point where we allow ourselves to lose sight of the reality that we are being duped? It is hard to say.
Obviously enough, it varies on a case-by-case basis, but the question I pose is not meant to speak for all times, places, situations, and instances. But, as more of a question as to the general awareness of the overarching reality of how language is used to coerce people into believing one thing over another. Or at least not disbelieving something to the extent that it rouses them out of the state of complacent stupor many seem comfortable in concerning untruth used against them.
I am left pondering such questions not only due my own personal situation, but due to the macrocosmic matter of how the political and cultural discourse at play in the Western World and Western media has begun to develop. Deceit and manipulation as far as the eye can see!
Endless ad hominems and accusations are being thrown around; generally in the direction of Donald Trump, conservatives, and non-lefties more generally. We have examples such as tenuous claims of collusion with the dreaded Russians coming from Marxists whose choice for US president was a crook who collaborates with a billionaire international banker/ex-Nazi/Globalist; Planet Earth’s Senator Palpetine/Evil Emperor, George Soros.
We have Brett Kavanaugh, who has been elected to the supreme court, shamelessly and relentlessly attacked with all sorts of unsubstantiated smears by a woman who is a blatant liar with not a shred of apathy in her withered old body. We are in a political climate where every idea is politicised, and you are putting yourself in a position to be attacked by unscrupulous dogs of individuals if you step out of line intellectually. Das idee ist verboten! As they call you a nazi for speaking reasonable, evidence-based point of view that fail to jive with their preferences and sensibilities.
Labels such as racist and bigot are to be applied liberally – heh heh – to anyone who opposes the mass migration paradigm which they were never allowed to vote on, and all the status-obsessed peasants who surround us are ready to shame us into compliance or alienation if they find any justification to do so; acting as the guard dogs of their very own ideological prison — while they proudly signal their Slave Morality(2)(3) and feigned virtue. It is appalling.
It is rather ironic that the people paying for the spread of Global – Globalist! – Socialism are some of the wealthiest people on the planet. If Soros were a true Marxist he should have long ago divvied-up those billions, spread the wealth around. Rather than use those funds to manipulate world politics and undermine the stability and identity of Europe and North America. If these swindlers had the best interests of the the poorest people on Earth truly at heart I am sure they would find a way to help them without manipulating world politics to suit their own nefarious ends and gaining more power for themselves.
Why do people put up with lies? Why do we seem so prone ignoring dissimulation and deceit, hoping all will eventually turn out better somehow just because this is what we desire? Why is it that we so often do our best to take our minds off of those ever-present thoughts or feelings that things are seemingly no longer as they should be?
I use the term ‘as they should be’ in an idealistic sense. In all seriousness, I do not believe in ‘should’ or ‘aught’, but, as the world changes, my past inclination toward postmodern conceptions and sensibilities are turned inside-out and transformed into a Will to Justice akin to that of Socrates in Plato’s Republic. Which is, of course, that: living harmoniously is what is just; and how we find strength is through harmony with one another(4).
Nothing really aught to be any particular way. Aught is a value judgement, and is birthed from one’s own personal preferences and value judgements — as is deceit more generally. People want what they want, and use all sorts of tactics to make that which they desire a reality. People use moralistic language and propose idealised states of reality to make the case for how they want the world to be, and use that as a means of convincing others. These are not the most semantically weighty, or practical, ways to discuss ideas, but it is much more benign than other more blatant linguistic manipulations such as direct misrepresentation of what one knows to be true.
People lie to their own benefit, and use language as a means of manipulating others into positions which are beneficial to the deceiver. One cannot expect honesty out of someone who is depending on maintaining a certain public image for the furtherance of their own life’s aims; at least not in this day and age when people are so image and status obsessed that truth, integrity, and even open, frank discussion with those close to us is often not possible due to defensiveness and rigid self-concern.
It is like how in the political arena candidates and political figures depend on the people who elect, support them, and give them power. The politician appreciates the support, I’m sure. But, when it comes right down to it, most people in the position to benefit from a betrayal of those who trust them are willing to do, once the gain is suitably to their liking.
We regularly see ex-politicians and government agents hired by large companies whom they have… accommodated. Such as Micheal Taylor and Monsanto(5), or ex-Taoiseach of Ireland, Brian Cowen, becoming a board member of Topaz after granting Shell – its parent company – access to natural gas resources estimated somewhere in the region of four-hundred-and-twenty-billion Euros without charge(6)(7)(8).
The fact that coercion, manipulation and deceit are a foundational part of the human world may be unnerving to some, but it is empowering to understand the state of reality we are adrift in. It is better to be aware, and to be thus prepared, than it is to be ignorant, and as a result: subject to the will of devious others. Forewarned is forearmed.
What then is one to do when they know they are being lied to?
No matter what the particulars of the situation, one must allow themselves to be used, or they must find the courage to break the bond. If we put up with coercion from those who rule, surround us, or those we accept as a part of our lives, we will fall into a position of being further and further used and manipulated. If people choose to put up with harmful lies they will embark on a slow, downward descent into usury, enmity, and uncertainty; which can negatively affect their lives on every level imaginable.
When one has resigned themselves to associate with people they know have lied to them about things which truly matter, when one chooses to sit on deceit, it is like being subjected to the will of lying government agents or private corporate entities. Sure, they may let on as though they are acting in everyone’s best interest, but deep down we know this is only a rouse.
If someone accepts this state of reality as just how their life is, then they are lying to, are deceiving, themselves. Lies for the sake of hope, and idealised notions of a perfect future that will never come. Noble lies, but lies all the same. Going along to get along is not a logical modus operandi in the face of deceit.
Anyone can get to a state of mind where they deceive themselves, thinking it will all work out, just because they love someone who is not good for them; or because they have bought into a political party or system which treats them as a mark to taken advantage of, and used for the purpose of political or monetary gains. Why do we do this? Because we convince ourselves it is in our own best interests to live this way, all entangled in the web of lies our lives and culture have become.
We lie to ourselves most of all, and each of us is the only one responsible for our own lives and how other people treat us. How we are treated by other people is how we allow ourselves to be treated. There should be no compromise in the face of lies in a healthy relationship of any kind; between friends, lovers, or from the point of view of the dynamic between populations, government agencies, corporate entities, and financial institutions.
If we are aware that we are being lied to it is our problem to address or ignore, to understand and to develop a workable strategy to deal with, or to face the consequences of our ignorance. No one is responsible for how our life is but us ourselves. Other people certainly effect our lives, but! the individual, and how they choose to act in the face of deceit is the only point of focus that matters in such circumstances as these.
Leaving care go by the wayside simply because in certain regards we are getting a good deal, and are not quite sure how to change things to make them more favourable, should not be a sufficient reason to put up with anything other than what we feel is just and/or desirable. It may be a challenge reorienting and reorganising our lives into something more honourable, but sacrifice is certainly necessary in this world if we are not to be a fool for other people.
When the vain feel threatened, they place blame elsewhere. Do not do that. Placing blame outside of one’s self is just another expression of vanity, irresponsibility, and childishness. We must take responsibility for the challenges laid out before us, like fully realised adult human beings. And to formulate plans to transform our lives and societies into more favourable, workable states of organisation. States of organisation we can be proud to abide within, or at least where we feel that other people’s problems are not made so much our own by our own willingness to be deceived.
1. On Truth & Lies In a Nonmoral Sense, Friedrich Nietzsche
4. Plato’s Republic (Book IV)
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