Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. ~Thomas Jefferson
Playing possum, or in the words of the late great Mark Twain, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The philosopher Immanuel Kant said that lying was always morally wrong. He argued that all persons are born with an “intrinsic worth” that he called human dignity. This dignity derives from the fact that humans are uniquely rational beings, capable of freely making their own decisions, setting their own goals, and guiding their conduct by reason. To be human, said Kant, is to have the rational power of free choice; to be ethical is to respect that power in oneself and in others. Free choice, what a remarkable thing it is to be human.
But with this free choice, lies are morally wrong for two reasons. First, lying corrupts the most important quality of being human: our ability to make free, rational choices. Each lie told contradicts the part of us that gives us moral worth. Second, a lie robs others of their freedom to choose rationally. When a lie leads people to make a decision other than they normally would had they known the truth, you have harmed their human dignity. Recently it flew like wildfire across Facebook that a certain model/avatar had passed away. I have to be honest; I wrestled with myself mightily because I didn’t quite believe the tale. Why? Well, it seems this particular person possibly has approximately 5 different avatars that she uses for different reasons, none known as the related alt of the person. So if you are all of the avatars and killed yourself, shame on you. If someone hacked your account, lied and did this to you. Shame on them. If either story is true, why is this lie bad? It’s just a Second Life, not a first, right?
A lie is a lie, is a lie and by telling this heinous brain aneurism death lie we were stripped of our dignity. Shame on you! The liar caused angst, stress and unrest. Well, not to me, in my gut I never quite believed the lie, it’s why I didn’t comment, but to a few really close to me, yeah, it hurt them. The take from? It’s so easy to hoodwink people in virtual worlds, the question is, why do you feel the compulsion to do so? At the end of the day you will have to face that anything you have gained was illusory at best but the damage you have inflicted on others is permanent. What damage? I reckon you can start with me, I sadly can’t even believe a person has truly died anymore and that’s pathetic. Just think about that for a while, I hope the truth of what you are will come to you. And, of course, this is just my opinion, for what it’s worth to you, I know, probably not all that much.
BIGBANG – LIES (거짓말)