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Lie-Q

July 29th, 2013 by Adam G.

Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell. Thrust by whom? The scripture doesn’t say. In God’s thrift, probably by the liar himself.

Bruce Charlton has argued that habitual dishonesty lowers your intelligence. Truth is light. Why would this be so?

Perhaps telling lies saps your brainpower since you have to devote much of it to running a simulation of the alternate reality your lie has created.

The prophets teach that the Holy Ghost withdraws from the liar. Truth is light; light is truth. So the liar isn’t enlivened by those pure strokes of intelligence.

Mostly, though, I would argue that lying is a form of rebellion against reality. Intelligence is contemplating and understanding reality, which the liar is less able to do since he resents it. You cannot ponder reality without submitting yourself to it, just as you can’t really think about God without already having submitted yourself in part.

Wickedness usually involves lieing to yourself. What we should expect, then, is that the wicked (i.e., all of us) are situationally dumb, because some things we can’t allow ourselves to think clearly about.

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July 29th, 2013 16:59:20
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MC
July 30, 2013

When I was younger I would (very) occasionally lose an argument to a liberal because I couldn’t say the real reason I disagreed with them; it was too politically incorrect. It’s not just that I would have felt uncomfortable saying it, but I was literally unable to THINK it because I had been so conditioned to put the thoughtcrime away. Yet I still felt that I was right. I just couldn’t clearly understand why, even in my own mind.

I sometimes hear people say, “It’s really ‘Brave New World’ that came to pass, not ’1984.’” They mean that we’re losing our freedom through apathy and moral anesthesia. They’re not entirely wrong, but they’re selling “1984′ short. I’m convinced that the main warning in that book is about political correctness, not necessarily the surveillance or authoritarianism. To say that something is “politically correct” is to say that it is not “correct” in the literal sense; it is only “true” because politics requires that it be true. Hence, the Ministry of Truth.

It’s worth noting that Ray Bradbury said late in his life that “Fahrenheit 451″ was not really about book banning, which was never all that popular in America, but rather about the way that television would render books obsolete. Basically a synthesis of Huxley and Orwell; they fill your brain so completely with mendacious mush that you can’t keep a serious and true thought in your head.

It should be said that I recently left a workplace where I worked with a group of bright young things that, based on the competitiveness of the position, placed almost all of them far on the right side of the bell curve. I was repeatedly amazed at the shallowness but intensity of their opinions. They never had anything that could be called an original thought.


Bookslinger
July 30, 2013

Talk show host Michael Savage may have been right when he said “Liberalism is a mental disorder.”


Jeeves
July 30, 2013

Washington, D.C., is measurably the least honest American urban conglomeration according to purveyors of tea–
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/354521/surprise-experiment-finds-dc-least-honest-city-nation-lindsey-grudnicki
. A datum in favor of Mr. Charlton’s proposed correlation?

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