denial, justice, lying, reality, society, truth

Lying

Words signify man’s refusal to accept the world as it is.
Walter Kaufmann

Sometimes you’ve just got to look reality in the face and deny it.

Isn’t hope found finally in a (socially positive) sort of ‘lying’, a clear-eyed courage and a deep spiritual assurance? This natural social impulse could be literalized as something like: “even though you can’t help but be false, still always tell the truth.” I think this is actually the very beginning of speech, as a disappearance of the truth which opens a space for discourse.

But because religion in this way essentially denies what is most apparent, that this world is ALL that exists (all that we can percieve as such as existing,) when religion tells us to tell the truth, it seems to be saying: interpret the world justly. Without justice there can’t be freedom and discourse and peace.

When we lie, we betray the event. So “not lying” means not framing things in bad faith. Telling the truth is a sort of faithfulness to an event, and because events as such are a-social and non-signifying, reality must be interpreted through culture, that is– at a distance, as an image, the way we approach the future, is how we approach new thoughts and so this question of having faith, of telling the truth, is really about how we can ethically create new realities through language and technology.

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