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Monday, January 7, 2019

Thornton P. Knowles On Truth Telling As a Lost Virtue

Unless under oath, lying is not a crime. But is it still a sin? You know, Thou Shall Not Lie. In a culture of materialism and self-love, the narcissistic right to personal happiness provides a moral justification, indeed a duty, to lie. Without respect for the truth, science can't flourish, business turns into crime, history is distorted, journalism is dead, and government can't be trusted. Without honesty there is no reality, and without reality there can be no justice. So-called political correctness is an insidious form of deception and reality denial. A society without a shared sense of reality is doomed. If Americans lose their respect for facts and the truth, they will end up being ruled by an elite class of humorless charlatans, fascists, who have no respect for them, the so-called American Dream, or democracy as we know it.

Thornton P. Knowles

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