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If you tell a lie and it becomes the truth, does it matter that you once lied?

In the way that some people questions whether or not the ends justify the means, I'm wondering if you tell a lie and it becomes the truth, does it matter that you once lied?

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  • Nov 18 2012: Please explain to me just how can a lie "become the truth"?
    That seems a lie in and of itself.
    You cannot cover up the truth with the truth.
    You have to use lies to do that. After awhile, a truth about a small part can be injected, thus giving the appearance of truth about the rest of what lies beneath it.
    Lying to children is harmful and I believe the beginning of mental illness in humans, that are not from organic causes. (Not the children. The mental illnesses)
    Later in life, the split caused by early years lying is and can be, manipulated by others.

    However, not all lying is bad as it is to some degree an instinct of self-preservation and self-preservation is not wrong, immoral, harmful or out of proportion unless it grows and becomes out of proportion to its intended (for lack of a better word), usage.

    I just don't see how a lie can become the truth unless one lies to oneself about this idea.

    Deception (dishonesty, lying?) is the active misrepresentation of reality to another persons mind.
    This leads to mental illness which in turn leads to insanity.
    Self-deception is the active misrepresentation of reality to ones own mind.
    The better one becomes at one, the better they become at the other, setting up a horrible cycle.
    Extrapolate this into American culture and society and one can easily see how they reconfirm and revalidate their mental instability and insanity to one another to the degree they cannot spot it any longer in their culture and society but continue to perpetrate among themselves, their children and the rest of the world.
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      Nov 18 2012: Somebody asks you if you are proficient in something, say Microsoft word. In reality you've never used it. You then go home and learn it in a night. When called upon to use word, you're amazing at it.

      Not exactly the best example, but yeah.
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      Nov 19 2012: it happens all the time.

      it all comes down to the ability to verify a statement.

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