161: Lying

Good folks,

Here’s a bit I came across in Modern Painters V. It is one of those truths we have all, at one point or another, learned at first hand. I don’t think it needs any further comment.

[Teaching the importance of telling the truth] is especially to be insisted on in the early education of young people. It should be pointed out to them with continual earnestness that the essence of lying is in deception, not in words. A lie may be told by silence, by equivocation, by accent on a syllable, by a glance of the eye attaching particular significance to a sentence. And all these kinds of lies are worse and baser by many degrees than a lie plainly worded. So that no form of blinded conscience is so far sunk as that which comforts itself for having deceived, because the deception was by gesture or silence, instead of utterance.

Until next time.

Be well out there.



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1 Response to 161: Lying

  1. I am currently fighting an environmental threat against London that is very similar to the cruise disaster in Venice, where I also work with NoGrandiNavi. (See Ocean Diva, Guardian). I receive regular inspiration from a wonderful Australian cartoonist called First Dog on the Moon. First Dog often exposes environmental scandals in his country. One of his comments stays in my mind and resonates with Mr Ruskin above: ‘A truth withheld is just a lie having a nap’.

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