It’s no lie that my post content has taken a dive over the past few weeks. I hope to get back on the ball soon, but I still have a back-log of miscellaneous “life” tasks to do, and most of them won’t make compelling blog content. In addition, I’ve been doing a little bit more ‘consuming’ of content lately (i.e., watching Netflix, reading comics, playing games). This is fun to do, but I find it exercises the brain a little less than actually creating something.
Speaking of consuming content, I recently listened to an audiobook named “Lying” by Sam Harris. This is a very short nonfiction book (the audiobook is 75 minutes long) in which the author argues that you should never lie. This includes white lies and those tiny lies you tell when someone asks you “how are you” and you say “good.” Of coarse, the book covers lies of all sorts, and concludes that in every case, telling the truth (and using some tact while doing so) is always superior - with only a few exceptions (such as doctors and lawyers who are bound to protect their clients confidential information).
After reading this book, I naturally considered if I should follow a strict ‘no lies’ philosophy in life. The book piqued my interest because I feel that I already live a very truthful lifestyle. This is mainly because my mind just isn’t very quick in complex social situations, and adding lies to the mix causes the complexity to compound. I prefer to operate under the solitary thread of truth. Even the truth can get hard to sort out from time to time!
After hearing the arguments in Sam Harris’s book, I’m going to make a conscious effort to live a life of complete truth. By this I mean I want to tell less ‘white lies’ and less of those tiny lies. I’m not making an oath of zero lies or anything - merely just trying something that could potentially have a positive impact on me and those around me.
[Cartoon image is from bigthink.com]