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“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
- Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov
Telling the truth is a good virtue, but can be difficult. Telling the truth is essential for the good of humanity.
Living by truth has transformed the lives of Dostoevsky and Peterson. Truth is a crucial way to live one's life. Your own sense of reality is at stake.
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Jordan Peterson observed that virtues aim for balance and to avoid the extremes of the vices. Cultivating judgment about the difference between virtue and vice is the beginning of wisdom.
Modern relativism asserts judging how to live is impossible, because good and virtue are relative. Thus relativism’s version of “virtue” is “tolerance.” This leads to people broadcasting their tolerance as a form of self-promotion, and secret vice, which is also known as virtue signaling.
Order is where the people around you act according to the established social norms, remaining predictable and cooperative. Society is simultaneously structure and oppression.
Chaos is where the unexpected happens.
And we ignore the profound impact these seemingly inconsequential decisions have on our brain and our life.
[Researches Argo and Shiv] found that 85% of diners in restaurants admitted to telling white lies when their dining experiences were unsatisfactory (i.e., claiming all was well when it wasn't). The real interesting finding was that diners who told white lies to cover up their dissatisfactions were then likely to leave bigger tips than those who did not.
Consider the polygraph machine. It doesn't actually detect lies, specifically, but rather the signs of stress that accompany telling them.
According to a study, those who were instructed on how to lie less reported improvements in their relationships, less trouble sleeping, less tension, fewer headaches, and fewer sore throats.
Narcissists lack empathy, so telling the truth does not matter to them. They may not even realize they are lying most of the time, because they are not aware of it.
Compulsive liars are often too careless to tell the truth. They don't take the time to think things through.
Although it is really hard to break this habit, they need to learn to control their urge to lie.