Blog 2208 – 11.03.2021
Looking To The Right
I read in a Jack Reacher novel that I started a couple of days ago that one way one can tell if someone is telling the truth is by watching their eye movement when they talk. The left side of the brain is where memories are stored and the right side where stories are fabricated, so if their eyes move more left, remembering, and if more right they are creating a new version of things different from what they actually remember. I suppose more practiced and gifted liars learn to disguise their lies by looking you straight in the eyes while they spin their revised versions of reality.
They say it is possible to fool a lie detector so it is probably even easier to fool some of the people all of the time, even all of the people some of the time, but as the saying goes it is impossible to fool all of the people all of the time.
We, each of us, I believe, have within us, the capacity to recognize and know the truth. The truth has an unmistakable ring to it. Ego would have us turn off or put to sleep our BS Detector and buy in to his/her malarkey and that of all the hucksters and grifters looking for easy marks.
I wrote yesterday that it is not the job of preachers, salesman and politicians, nor even parents, grandparents, or teachers to teach us what to think but to teach us how to think. There resides in the world not a resident evil as the series of movies portrays but a resident goodness. The Apostle Paul purportedly wrote that we have no need that anyone teach us for we have the Holy Spirit within us to reveal all things to us.
Ego says. “Pay no attention to that little man behind the curtain, I am the great and powerful Oz.” He/she (ego, I mean) is a con-man, a liar through, and through. The truth is not in him, but it is in us, and all we see, hear, taste and smell, must pass that litmus test.
We have all tried to use the same excuse that the couple did in the old garden story – “I was lied to, the devil made me do it.” The spirit within us always says, “Consider the Source.” All truth comes from the spirit of truth even as all lies come from the only true enemy of truth – ego, that creation of man that we brought into being to fool ourselves that we have a choice. Janis Joplin sang in the song Me And Bobby McGee: “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”
It is hard work trying to deny what we know to be true. Big businesses, great institutions, and booming enterprises seem to thrive all around us based on lies, but the truth will always be revealed. In a nut shell it is this, “You cannot do wrong and get by, no matter how hard you may try.” Or as the Bard put it so succinctly, “Be true to thine own self and thou canst be false to no one.”
Your friend and fellow traveler,
No Matter How Strong