Friday, November 15, 2013

“The Truth Shall Set You Free.” (John 8:32)

Unless one is a professional thief, gangster, murderer and the like – two whom lying is a matter or course – it is not easy to lie. But even these skilled liars fall on their faces in due time. Reason: As a lie is nothingness, truth is reality. As nothing stands on nothing, truth is based on actuality. This is why the nothingness of lie eventually makes truth come to fore. One more thing: Man is geared to know and therefore disposed to tell the truth. This is why truth is told as a matter of fact while lying is contrary to human disposition.

When someone who has not been confronted yet with his/her truly devious acts or really evil deeds is formally and directly is challenged to tell the truth but instead tells a downright lie, the blood pressure of the liar fluctuates, the face not only changes color but also becomes somehow twisted. This is not to mention certain body unusual movements and voice changes. In other words, it takes much practice to lie and to lie well. Otherwise, the liar betrays himself/herself precisely by being somehow different in voice, looks, and movements. It is the truth that sets man free – as lie in effect enslaves him.

Furthermore, it takes some mental acumen and gymnastics to lie. One lie should be followed by other lies precisely in order to try in making it appear as the truth. And this is not easy. Reason: To make a lie credible is a big challenge. It requires not only remembering well the lie said before in order to back it up with other lies – considering that every lie requires the harmonious support of all subsequent lies. This is like nothing supporting nothing. And this is surely not an easy thing to do.

The fact, the reality, the actuality – this is truth. Truth is an on the ground objective reality. Truth can stand by itself. And when affirmed by other truths, the more truthful it becomes, the more convincing it stands. One more thing, the oath, “To tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” before a Court of Law or its equivalent, is not only something customary and mandatory but also logical in addition to it being ethical. The truth cannot but be whole whereas when a truth is diluted with a lie, a lie it becomes, i.e., something but partly true and partly untrue is but a lie.

All the above observations have a very timely and real-life relevance in the now famous Senate Committee hearing on the infamous Pork Barrel Scandal. It appears that there are three major conclusions that could be drawn from there: One, it seemed that the accused central figure therein either told lies or evaded telling the truth. Two, it appeared that all the accusing characters therein were the ones telling the truth. Three, the truth will surely come out in due time.