G’day & Bula & good morning/evening to YOU wherever YOU are in this beautiful planet 🌏!
I was thinking 🤔 about life, as I usually do & the concept of “truth” in particular and lies as well as they seem to be two sides of the same coin.
Lying 🤥, we all do it and have done it over the course of our lives so far.
We lie to others & we lie to ourselves. I guess we could split lies up in to two main types:
1. White lies
2. Black lies.
White Lies & Black Lies.
A black Lie, as I see it, could be defined as a statement we make we know is false. A white lie is a statement that we make that is not in itself false but that leaves out a significant part of the truth.
I think white lies can often be more destructive than black-lying. Think 💭 about it, we all do it almost every single day of our lives , as we consider white-lying more socially acceptable in many of our relationships because we “don’t want to hurt people’s feelings.”
Yet, people complain that their social relationships are generally superficial. Is this the right thing to teach our kids – that, as parents, part of being loving is feeding them heaps of white lies?
Is it right and truly beneficial for the children to not be told the cold truths about matters of life? Should parents continue (& I see this happening every day and have witnessed in many families over the last 3 decades of keen interest) “white-lying?”
So, parents tell each other everything but feed their children white lies. For example, that they fought with each other the night before about their relationship, or that their dad resents their grandparents for their manipulativeness & lack of caring over the years or that mum has a medical problem.
Rational behind white lies is – a loving desire to protect & shield their children from unnecessary worries.
The thing is , the children will know anyway.
Protection or deprivation?
The reason to protect the child/children is, at best, a genuine form of misguided love 💕. Protected from what?
Is it really helping & protecting the child/children? Or is it detrimental? I think it would be more the latter.
White-lying is not protection but deprivation!
Children are deprived of many things –
⁃ knowledge about the situation
⁃ Their parents
⁃ Their grandparents
⁃ People in general
So, ultimately, it comes down to what “version of the truth” are we willing to share with the world?
Is Love the answer … is it Discipline with Discipline?
It also comes down to love and how we define love for ourselves. To tell white lies, do we love more than not telling white lies?
How do you define “love?”
This is a hard one ☝️ as love 💗 is just too large, too deep even, in my opinion, to be truly understood or measured or limited within a framework of words.
The bible tries to explain what love is but I don’t think 🤔 or at least I haven’t come across a truly satisfactory definition of love.
I know what love is not!
Contrary to what we’ve been told , love is not a feeling.(I will elaborate on what l mean another time)
I think love comes down to the desire to nurture one’s own or another’s spiritual growth. And this takes discipline, lots of discipline.
Discipline that needs to be constantly disciplined.
Discipline with discipline!
What do you think? Food for thought 💭.
End of the week … hang in there and continue moving forward in the roles you play in your life.
Gotta go now … have a great day!
– GURU Paul 💝alentine –