"Everyone lies. Everyone lies to themselves about something. I just choose to lie to others as well."
~ Ferdy, from my WIP and upcoming novel #Kingdom1
One of the best things about being well trained in rhetoric in today's world is that it is harder for you to get fooled. The Internet is here to stay, and there is a lot of information, misinformation, and wrong information out there.
I want to tell you something about that, because it does make me angry when people use logical fallacies, emotional appeals, or straight-up lies ("damned lies," as Mark Twain would say) to get you to believe them.
Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do you say I am?"
Pilate asked Jesus, "What is truth?"
The answers to these questions and the responses you will have to them define who you are.
If you believe Jesus is the Christ, he has say, "I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life," and "You shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will set you free."
If you scoff at the idea anyone can know truth like Pilate did, right in the face of the beaten and flogged Jesus, you might find that idea uncomfortable.
Make no mistake: People will lie to you. They want power of some kind over you. I, for example, want you to buy my books and love them. Does this mean I will have a harder time being objective about my work? Yes. YES.
If I give you the most powerful, emotionally charged speech of my life (and I don't manage to spit on you), you still have the decision to believe me or not.
Others may want different kinds of power over you, ranging from getting you to click to their website or buy their own products or sell you their perspective on life, family, faith, politics, science, etc. Will they lie enough or confuse you enough to get you to believe them, to the point where you intellectually submit to their stance? Maybe. It depends.
I'm not saying that everybody is untrustworthy. But I'm telling you it is necessary to remain a healthy skeptic. It's a hard balance to walk. But dishonesty and lies always come with a bigger cost than failing to properly consider what is true.
I've seen a lot of social media posts about different things. We live in a world charged with freedom of speech and we are both blessed and cursed because of it. But we are free, and that means we are free to decide what will be true in our lives. But that does not mean we will automatically live in truth; we can live in truth or we can take comfort in the lies we tell ourselves.
Either way, people are responsible for their choices. Let's make good ones, full of truth, and along with that, grace and light.
And hey, be on the lookout for my #kingdom1 messages across my social media. I'm going to start putting it all together as soon as I finish up my Once Upon a Princess saga.