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The Expediency of Lies – Charles Hugh Smith

The writer below takes us step by step from common sense to moral stability.  An excellent wonderful essay!  The goal of real truthers is not to build an illusory utopia, but to continually expose deception forever.  Rather than concern for heaven, we want a sane clean Earth.

http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjuly17/no-truth7-17.html?fullweb=1

 

When We Can No Longer Tell the Truth…

Charles Hugh Smith

July 21, 2017

Lies, half-truths and cover-ups are all manifestations of fatal weakness.

When we can no longer tell the truth because the truth will bring the whole rotten, fragile status quo down in a heap of broken promises and lies, we’ve reached the perfection of dysfunction.

You know the one essential guideline to “leadership” in a doomed dysfunctional system: when it gets serious, you have to lie. In other words, the status quo’s secular goddess is TINA– there is no alternative to lying, because the truth will bring the whole corrupt structure tumbling down.

This core dynamic of dysfunction is scale-invariant , meaning that hiding the truth is the core dynamic in dysfunctional relationships, households, communities, enterprises, cities, corporations, states, alliances, nations and empires: when the truth cannot be told because it threatens the power structure of the status quo, that status quo is doomed.

Lies, half-truths and cover-ups are all manifestations of fatal weakness. What lies, half-truths and cover-ups communicate is: we can no longer fix our real problems, and rather than let this truth out, we must mask it behind lies and phony reassurances.

Truth is power, lies are weakness. All we get now are lies, statistics designed to mislead and phony reassurances that the status quo is stable and permanent. The truth is powerful because it is the core dynamic of solving problems . Lies, gamed statistics and false reassurances are fatal because they doom any sincere efforts to fix what’s broken before the system reaches the point of no return.

We are already past the point of no return. The expediency of lies has already doomed us.

Honest accounts of hugely successful corporations that implode share one key trait: in every case, managers were pressured to hide the truth from top management, which then hid the truth from investors and clients.

This is the key dynamic in failed oligarchies as well: if telling the truth gets you sent to Siberia (or worse), then nobody with any instinct for self-perservation will tell the truth.

If obscuring the truth saves one’s job, then that’s what people do. That this dooms the organization is secondary to immediate self-preservation.

A distorted sense of loyalty to the family, community, company, institution, agency or nation furthers lying as the “solution” to unsavory problems. Daddy a drunk? Hide the bottle. Church a hotbed of adultery and thieving? Maintain the facade of holiness at all costs. Company products are failing? Put some lipstick on the pig. The statistical truth doesn’t support the party’s happy story? Distort the stats until they “do what’s needed.” The agency failed to fulfill its prime directive? Blame the managerial failure on a scapegoat.

Pathological liars and cheats rely on self-preservation and misplaced loyalty to mask their own failure and corruption. A hint here, a comment there, and voila, a culture of lying is created and incentivized.

Obscuring the truth is the ultimate short-term expediency. Now that it’s serious, we have to lie. We’ll start telling the truth later, after everything’s stabilized.

But lying insures nothing can ever be truly stabilized , so there will never be a point at which the system is strong enough and stable enough to survive the truth.

We are now an empire of lies. The status quo–politically, socially and economically- depends on lies, half-truths, scapegoats and cover-ups for its very survival. Any truth that escapes the prison of lies endangers the entire rotten edifice.

In an empire of lies, “leaders” say what people want to hear. This wins the support of the masses, who would rather hear false reassurances that require no sacrifices, no difficult trade-offs, no hard choices, no discipline.

The empire of lies is doomed. Lies are weakness, and they prohibit any real solutions. Truth is power, but we can no longer tolerate the truth because it frightens us. Our weakness is systemic and fatal.

 

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  • Nick Curto says:

    The government swamps around the world needs to be drained for sure, but sadly that will never happen. The only way corrupt governments will end is to nuke the swamps once and for all, but that will also kill all the good people that are still left in governments, and there still are indeed some, but then everyone else dies as well. So what will it take is the key question. The bottom line is we need and must have the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and let the chips lay where they may. How can this planet move ahead any other way. If you believe in a higher power whatever that name is, now is the time to ask for help. It truly seems at this point it is now or never. Embrace truth. Embrace love. Embrace your fellow man and woman in a total commitment of enlightenment for all. Together we must succeed.

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