Thursday, July 18, 2013

Truth Remains

-the sense that, at some level, you have to lie to them to make them feel worse, or to feel better. To give them hope or despair. It's a responsibility that comes with your superior intellect and/or insight: to deceive them so they'll perceive a danger they might miss, or to give them a shred of false happiness before the ship goes down, because it doesn't matter anyway.

That's another level of the trap. That kind of malevolence is stupid; that benevolence is malevolent. Both fail, and the failure of each is greater because of the greater responsibility incumbent upon those with greater sight (if truly present).

The lies of Plato, Strauss, or the brave Shogun are not noble because they occasionally bring a terrified happiness at a promise of eternity. The vituperative ranting of the critic who sees deeper is a furtive, temporary expansion of bellicosity, conducive neither to courage nor growth. Only in truth is their goodness; only in goodness is truth. Insert Choice Of Synonym.

Among these certain other councils are, seemingly always, advocates for despair or regression, sent bearing false hope as a balm for current woes. It is the same lazy answer as once befuddled prior versions. Yet it entraps, for despair may follow always, particularly in earlier stages of empathy; it calls an offering to take up the mantle of the noble, yet false, prophet. "Lend them a good despair, for your lies will bring a comfort that is much needed in the now."

Do not try what failed you before. Your greater insight has already taught you that lying for good is a fleeting promise of future failure. This does not change at any point.

1 comment:

  1. this is a curious post. i like it, but not sure what it's referencing.