Systems of Lies

by Hilmar von Campe Individual lies form a system of lies when an accumulation of those lies dominates a given society. Once a specific lie is institutionalized, when it becomes the basis for policy decisions, for legislation and law enforcement, it advances the formation of a system of lies. The more lies are being elevated in this way the closer we get to a system where lies dominate. If this continues the next and final phase leads to a society, where lies rule, and that means godless totalitarian rule. Nazi and Communist societies, both socialists, were and are such societies. Lies are being enforced with the power of government and opposition becomes a criminal act. There is no free speech and no right to bear arms. Totalitarian societies are the result of lies and not of economic deprivation. The liar, however, and that title includes just about everybody, is concerned with him- or herself and doesn't notice the gradual transformation of the society he lives in from freedom to slavery. He doesn't do anything to reverse the trend.

For Christians: according to St. John, chapter 8, verses 44/5 Jesus defined before a Jewish audience, who were eager to kill him, the founder and father of the lie: "Your father is the devil, and what you are wanting to do is what your father longs to do. He always was a murderer, and has never dealt with the truth, since the truth will have nothing to do with him. Whenever he tells a lie, he speaks in character, for he is a liar and the father of lies." Jesus makes no difference between a small and a big lie, because any lie is an insult to God. Those "Christians" who think that their small lies don't matter, better think again, and especially if they furthermore apply their philosophy to the democratic process and vote known liars into public office. They will have no part in the kingdom of God because they are engaged in preparing the rule of their father, the father of all lies.

German philosopher Karl Jaspers defined: "One may lie by language by deliberately asserting something which is false. It means lying to others but not to oneself, one is misusing language. But a further step is also possible, by lying the lie may reach a stage in which a person finally believes his own lies so that the distinction between truth and falsehood is lost… Untruth may range from the lie which is immediately recognizable as such to a total, inextricable system of lies…Truth and fiction are combined in such a way that nothing good arises, but the radical lie itself becomes reality."

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