Tuesday, August 2, 2011

When is lying ok?

Most of you will likely answer, never.

However tonight I was told by someone that basically the truth wasn't important only the intent behind the lie was.

Huh?

I work hard to guide my children in truth. The truth sometimes hurts but lies hurt more. They hurt the people who are involved, they hurt the people who hear them and they hurt those who they are about.

We are a social networking society. But do we not all have some small part in keeping the truth out there? Reposting things on Facebook (or any social networking site) when they are not factual should not be looked at as acceptable. They are still lies.

Example: Someone close to me posted this
"**R.I.P.**Justin Allen 23, Brett Linley 29, Matthew Weikert 29, Justus Bartett 27, Dave Santos 21, Jesse Reed 26, Matthew Johnson 21, Zachary Fisher 24, Brandon King 23, Christopher Goeke 23, and Sheldon Tate 27....Are all Marines that gave their lives this week for you. There is no media for them... not even a mention of their names. Honor THEM by posting this"

The truth is that all of these Service Men died in combat, over a year ago. Not all of them were Marines. In fact only a few of them were. More of them were in the Army and were Soldiers. It is a lie to claim they were Marines when they were not, and it is dishonorable to their chosen branch of service as well as to them to claim otherwise. It is not honoring them or their service to post such things. I agree our typical media in the United States is shamefully full of celebrities and sports stars. Most people are severely lacking in ability to comprehend our government or the current financial climate of this country, I believe because they are so wrapped up in those Celebrity lives.

If you want to truly honor Service Men & Women, (and I do mean all people in some form of service to us, Police, Fire, and ALL branches of the armed forces) do so with integrity and truth.

You can look up information for yourself simply and easily. It takes less then 10 minutes to verify facts. You do not need to propagate lies in order to honor those that have fallen in service to us. Yet so many people blindly follow what the other person has posted without checking facts for themselves.

*Stepping off my soap box now*

Spread truth, not lies. Spread Love not lies, Spread tolerance, not hate/lies.  

4 comments:

  1. I agree with you wholeheartedly!

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  2. Crystal, one of the very first blogs I ever followed turned out to be a total lie. It was supposed to be about a girl who had Cystic Fibrosis and was undergoing a lung transplant and the whole thing was totally fabricated. The girl was much, much older than she said she was - didn't have Cystic Fibrosis - didn't have a lung transplant. Anyhow, it sort of made me a little paranoid about blogs and things I see on Facebook.

    I think no matter what the lie is (and lying about military people is just pathetic), people need to make sure they know the source before they start spreading this stuff.

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  3. Pam~ That is a very sad and pathetic story. I am repeatedly shocked at the things people say and do.

    What bothered me more is that the person who essentially told me it was "not appropriate to talk about facts" and the one that posted the status was my uncle.

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