A LIE is not just saying what isn't true but also saying more than is true. Just a few moments ago I feigned caring for a colleague who called in sick. "Oh, you poor thing!" "How high was your temperature?" "See a doctor." "We miss you, get well soon." Blah blah blah! Though by no means did I wish her ill, I did feel somewhat annoyed that I'm going to be doing her work today and was hardly as nurturing as I appeared to be. Nonetheless, I played the game. We all do it...saying more than we feel just to make life simpler.
Then there is the honest-to-God TRUTH that we believe to be the opposite of lies and pretence. And yet, even this truth based on actual facts and feelings, should be taken with a grain of salt. Just because something is our belief does not mean it is the truth even if the evidence is in our favour. The facts keep changing in a constantly evolving game so open to interpretation and fallacy. Today's blog post written by me in all honesty right now may be a lie by tomorrow.
It's a bit like Zhuangzi's taoist parable: "Last night I dreamt that I was a beautiful butterfly fluttering through the fields. Now I awaken. My question is this; how do I know if I am Zhuangzi, who dreamt himself a butterfly, or if I am a butterfly now dreaming himself Zhuangzi?"
All we can know for certain is that we exist... Everything else is just our interpretation of this existence depending upon our perspective. Reminds me of the famous tale of the six blind men and the elephant that originated in India.
"A number of blind men came to an elephant. Somebody told them that it was an elephant. The blind men asked, ‘What is the elephant like?’ and they began to touch its body. One of them said: 'It is like a pillar.' This blind man had only touched its leg. Another man said, ‘The elephant is like a husking basket.’ This person had only touched its ears. Similarly, he who touched its trunk or its belly talked of it differently. In the same way, he who has seen the TRUTH in a particular way limits the TRUTH to that alone and thinks that IT is nothing else."
And the moral of the story as I know it is this: None of us have seen the elephant!