John 18:37 – “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (NIV 1984)
My Musings – There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. ~ Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) British prime minister. In our day, I think we can add a fourth, the internet.
The truth seems to be such a rare commodity these days. We seem to want to devise what it is that we want to believe, what it is that we want to be the truth, and then craft the “lies, damned lies and statistics” to support it. Nothing seems more contradictory to me than the phrase “spin the truth.” The truth needs no spinning. It stands on its own and is never afraid of open and honest debate. Lies on the other hand fear openness and debate. Here are a few gems on telling the truth that I picked up, on the internet no less. A touch of irony there, don’t you think.
- A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. ~Edgar J. Mohn
- Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half. ~Author Unknown
- A half truth is a whole lie. ~Yiddish Proverb
- Once you start telling lies, all your truths become questionable. ~Author Unknown
- The truth is more important than the facts. ~Frank Lloyd Wright
- If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain, 1894
- No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. ~Abraham Lincoln
- Truth fears no questions. ~Unknown
- The truth needs so little rehearsal. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
- It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. ~ Noel Coward
- In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act. ~ George Orwell
My Advice – Honesty is, and always has been, the best policy. But it should be more than a policy, it should be who you are.