I find myself living in a world full of confusion. There is a growing problem of dishonesty and hypocrisy all about me. People seem lost in the molasses of lying to themselves. Has the world begun to experience a self-fulfilling prophecy of our own making? Is an “Armageddon” just around the corner because the concept of honesty is dying? Truly, honesty is the only hope humanity has of survival.
That was a very sobering first paragraph. I meant it to be. The problem of dishonesty is growing, and it is a cancer that we must deal with together. Dishonesty hasn’t only just begun with any certain leader or organization, it has been among us for generations. The difference is that now dishonesty threatens the continuance of humanity.
If We Cannot See The Truth We Are Doomed
You see, if we cannot see the truth and call it as such, we are dooming ourselves and those who follow us, to a world where there are no more concerned and caring adults. It will be full of willful, disorganized, grown children who have no hope. Our species, with all its promise, will disappear.
As a species, mankind has been very successful. We have colonized the entire planet, and have made huge leaps in technology. We have the ability to cure disease, end poverty, and make sure there are never any hungry humans ever again. Yet, we hide behind the lies we tell ourselves, and that we are being fed. We tell ourselves that the only humans that matter are those that look like us, love like us, act like us, and believe like us. We are told that, no matter where you live on the planet, your country is the only one worthy to survive.
We Believe a Delusion
What lies we conceive about who we are as a species. We believe the delusions that we should identify ourselves by our demographics. We are black, white, Jew, Gentile, Muslim, gay, straight and other outward divisions. The fact remains, that these things are all just variations on the theme of humanity. Genetically, we are the same. We vary only a minute amount from person to person. Yet, we lie to ourselves, saying that others who are not like us are subhuman, less than us, innate or criminals.
I have been so disheartened lately that I haven’t tried to write my feelings about what I’ve been observing, but I decided to remain silent is another way to lie, and I want no part of it. Talking about the dishonesty happening in humanity today is vital, and I want to be a part of the solution, not the problem.
Are There Any Solutions?
What kinds of solutions are there? Although the answers I have written below may not popular, nor will they be well-received by some, I shall endeavor to share just a few ideas I have come up with.
Idea Number One: Honesty is Always Best
Why not practice telling the truth? No matter what the consequences, telling the truth about everything that you do. This means, even if you make an error, admitting that mistake and owning what you have done. If you harm someone, don’t make excuses. Own what you did, apologize for it, and if there are legal consequences pay them.
Idea Number Two: Weigh the Words of Others Carefully
Don’t take the words of others as truth, unless you examine the issue well. Weigh the words of others without bias, and fact check them. If they are good and helpful, then incorporate them in your personal life. If they are found to be unfounded, and utterly destructive to others, then reject them and do not repeat them.
Idea Number Three: Be Open to the Idea That You May be Wrong
This is perhaps the toughest of them all. No one, including yours truly, wants to admit they are wrong. It hurts our egos, and makes us vulnerable to ridicule. However, if someone hadn’t eventually admitted that the idea that the Earth was the center of the universe, and been open to the idea of Copernicus, our lives today would be radically different. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in not wanting to be wrong, we close our minds to anything that contradicts us.
This sets us up as a species for deadly times, where the progress for the greater good ceases. We enter a dark age of suspicion and terror because, god-forbid someone should speak out against one of our holy cows. The suprematist and terror groups around the world are testament to this danger. They believe so much that their ideas are correct, that they will not and do not listen to differences of opinion. Then to make this error in reasoning worse, they force others to conform to their ideals. Being open to the idea that you may be wrong means listening with respect and without judgement to the ideas and beliefs of others, and allowing them to have their philosophies. It means not being afraid of others who look, act or believe differently than yourself. Being closed-minded to others is where war begins, is where the terrorist is born, and lead to the ultimate end of humanity as a species.
I Am Human, I Lie Too
I know this article has been difficult to read, but it is truthfully from my heart.
Yes, I too make mistakes, am fallible and lie. However, I strive daily to be honest with those around me. I don’t like to play games, or to be a chameleon, trying to be only what they expect me to be. I don’t feed them bologna to garner their favoritism. This way of life disarms the people I meet. They don’t know what to think of me, and shrink back sometimes as if burned. However, once they understand my life philosophy, they soon begin to appreciate the freshness of one who tries hard to be open and honest in all her dealings.
Am I perfect at it? Hell no. Like I said, I am human, and I lie. However, when I do, I return to that person and apologize. If that person is angry with me, I take it on the chin. I try very hard not to make excuses for my behavior, and I will not allow them to do so either.
What of the Future of Humanity?
The ultimate point of this article is this. The old ways of telling someone what they want to hear, and of lying to ourselves, saying it is okay, are over. The reason is simple, humans now possess the destructive power to destroy everything we have built, all our achievements, and our future. If humanity wishes to continue to learn and grow as a species, and if we wish to survive the turbulent times in which we now live, then we must begin to be honest with one another.
The future of mankind depends upon it.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.