The Danger in Lying
The Danger in Lying
The deliberate concealing of a small truth can be the beginning of great deceit. - stonepeace
For the person who transgresses in one thing, I tell you,- Shen Shi'an
there is no evil deed that is not to be done.
Which one thing?
This: telling a deliberate lie.
The person who lies,
who transgress in this one thing,
transcending concern for the world beyond:
there's no evil he might not do. - The Buddha (Iti 25)
What great truth do you seek in this world,
what great truth do you seek to spread,
when you are not truthful to this world? - stonepeace
Very often, those discovered lying are never disclosed, not even by their victims - in the fear of the liars' further and subtler treachery targeted at them when they are uncovered. Sometimes they are so thoroughly disappointed and disgusted that they simply steer clear. However, the liars would have lost the trust of these people "forever", without the liars themselves "knowing" what went wrong between them. These victims might also quietly spread the truth that the liars are liars, so as to warn others, leading to distrust of the liars by more people. Of course, this spreading of distrust is disencouraged. But it tends to happen when some liars are found to be too cunning to be offended, while the victims want to protect others. The victims, even with the best of intentions, thus prefer not to confront them on their lies. Liars should thus confess their lies, whether they are caught or not - for their own sake and for others' - for fear of the compounding of great negative karma from a vicious cycle of distrust started by they themselves. Only they can end this through sincere personal repentance.A fault confessed is half redressed -English proverb
A guilty conscience needs no accuser -English proverb
A horse may run quickly but cannot escape its tail -Russian proverb
A man who desires revenge should dig two graves -Unknown
Cowards die many times before their death -Shakespeare
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