Like Alanis Morrisette’s song, “You Learn (Jagged Little Pill),” we are often all too eager to “swallow it down” – a lie, that is. All it takes is a convincing sales pitch that caters to the ideology or the Id of an individual; and before you know it, you are drawn in like a fly to a spider’s web.
Life is peculiar like that. Lies begin at an early age. We are programmed and led to believe in the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny and most critically, the Bogeyman. We succumb to the emotions associated with things deemed “good” or “bad”, “right” or “wrong” – primarily under the unique power of what the mind’s eye can conceive, invent or believe to be real.
We find lies in all sorts of relationships: in partnerships, in love, at work among coworkers, subordinates and superiors; in family units, in communities, in politics, in the media, and even onto ourselves. The purposes of many a lie is vast and varied. Individuals and even organizations readily employ lies for personal or professional gain, power, control, manipulation and for clandestine activities.
The psychology of a lie appears to be effective in subduing those who willfully fall prey to words of passion, but not necessarily facts. Carefully crafted lies speak to our primal fears and create a subliminal submissive affect. We become engulfed in our subconscious fears and belief systems – that is when we can no longer differentiate between what is real and illusion – what is factual and artificial.
The worst impact of the self-wrought illusion, however, is that it is very real for those caught in the matrix and implied normalcy of “need-to-know info” and fabricated stories. They are the ones who have sold their souls and yielded their freewill to the control of others. How submissive, illogical and complacent must one be to be willing to hold fast to old and outdated ideologies and belief systems?
When an individual continues to be a participant in an active lie – no matter in which relationship he is – he is no longer part of the solution, but rather the problem. It is time to awaken from the illusion.
It begins with a Lie
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