The Corruption of Lies

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The Corruption of Lies

By Tony DeLorger © 2012


Who among us can plead ignorance, when reality, stark and poignant, is like a slap in the face to our reticence, our unfailing denial of truth. One can only fool oneself for so long without the guilt of misguidance gnawing away at our consciousness, until at some point, we buckle under the weight of our deluded choices.

In the solitude of a quiet and resolute mind, the lies we convince ourselves true, haunt us like spectres of past, walking the halls of our minds with monotonous even steps, beating time to our unsteady hearts. All this we endure for the sake of internal lies, something we deem preferable to facing reality in the light of day.

We are strange fickle creatures, always with the presence of mind to invent scenarios to fulfil our will, regardless of truth. For some reason we believe our lies to remove ourselves for the unpleasant and arduous task of explanation and the perceptions of others. In this undertaking we ultimately believe we are in control, when in fact we are pawns of our own delusions.

How supercilious we are in our deceptions, always touting our prideful achievements, while skeletons rattle away in our closets. The means justifying the end is our catchphrase, believing what people don't know won't hurt us. But as with all deceit and delusion, truth has a way of revealing itself, and always at an appropriate or should I say inappropriate moment.

Investment in lies creates a false and complex landscape that eventually slips from our hands and lives independently of us, taking on a course without our input or control. The complexity of our projections can exceed even our own expectations, often dragging us into much strife and hardship in order to uphold what we have started. So is it worth it?

Lies are a corruption of truth, a slandering of thought and intent that in action are meant to keep us in good stead, protect, conceal or elevate us in status. But in truth we create a false God, an imposter worthy only of disdain and weakness. Self-delusion is the easiest of decisions, we as understood by ourselves have all the ammunition to disarm logic, veil reality and sell the path of least resistance. In short, lies are cheap, easy and when deemed a sucker, we are our best adversary.

Truth, although often difficult, delivers far more than the delusion of being saved. It actually saves us. It gives us the valued lessons of learning that can be gained no other way. When we resist truth and create lies in doing that, we are short-changing ourselves and the possibilities in our lives. So next time you are tempted to hide behind a lie, perhaps you'll reconsider the path you're creating, and the chain reaction that this action can create.

Honesty is a highly sought commodity, not all that prevalent these days. In conclusion of considering why, I have to say I believe we each as individuals must take responsibility for our own internal dialogue, our own facing of the truth. For as much as we can delude ourselves, the world follows suit. Truth grows from a seed and spreads outward into the world. The decision is always ours. What world do we really want?


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks for dropping by DREAM ON. I'm glad you connected.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

So much meaning.Lies always find a way to come back and haunt us.if we just told the truth it would be so much easier.Someday we might learn.


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Aubrey. It is not autobiographical, but having said that we, as writers, draw from all our experiences. As a poet it is my job to relay my thoughts about the human condition, as clearly and as perceptively as I can. To that end I apply myself. Take care my Hub friend.


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

Tony... this was a very serious and powerful piece. It really encapsulates the "Corruption of Lies" as you so put it. I felt a tinge of anger and disappointment in this. Though it's not my place to ask whether this is autobiographical or simply your opinion of a serious depiction of life. Awesome work and I want to see more of these serious pieces... really helps us as people and as writers grow aware of what's around us. My favorite line,

The complexity of our projections can exceed even our own expectations, often dragging us into much strife and hardship in order to uphold what we have started. So is it worth it?

*That is awesome... Great work, Tony!!

-Aubrey


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed it, PiYe19.


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PiYe19 4 years ago

My pleasure Tony. I always enjoy spending moments reading works like that.


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you connect Leslie. Thanks for dropping in. take care.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

"..always with the presence of mind to invent scenarios to fulfil our will."

Boy..do i know where you are coming from, Tony! Humans are amazing in that they invest so much energy in maintaining their 'rightness' that they barely notice the effect of such efforts until they find themselves alone in the world! Being libra - it's a choice of being honest - or being emotionally unwell. Sometimes i wish there were a hell of a lot more libras in the world..lol. Once again, Tony - you've unearthed a deep truth!


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed it dghbrh, thanks for your kind words.


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

'......what world do we really want?".......a very right and practical question to provoke thought to end this wonderful hub. World lies within our own mind. Truth is the easiest way for a clean, happy and clear conscience. But practically to go for a happy conscience within inner self is the most courageous step. One who can understand this easy way and step forward will be able to feel the inner happiness. Because its easy to lie to the world but impossible to lie to our own heart.

wonderful work and very thought provoking. voted up and shared.


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Patty, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Appreciate your response Elenin, and glad you agree. Nice to hear from you. Take care.


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you found it insightful PiYei9. Thanks for your comment; much appreciated.


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Awesome Job!!!!


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Elenin 4 years ago from So Cal

True Dat. Awareness of the prison of lies in which we exist can be a first step. Forgiveness for the lies imposed on us could be a second. Introspection and a refusal to accept lies created by ourselves are key to one living a true life, imho.

Your article reminded me of the tee shirt that reads ‘I reject your reality and substitute it with my own’. I often wonder if the ones displaying such a message are aware of its inner truth or oblivious to the condition it describes.

Another fine, thought provoking essay Mr. DeLorger. Kudos


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PiYe19 4 years ago

This is a very insightful piece. It does us all some good to remember the finer points of this article the next time we are faced with the choice of truth and consequences.

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