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Seigi Karasaki

Organizer @ TEDxTodai, TEDxTodai


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Do people deserve to know the truth, even if it isn't in their best interest?

Is truth always the best choice of action? In "On the Decay of the Art of Lying," Mark Twain argues:

"Lying is universal--we all do it; we all must do it. Therefore, the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others' advantage, and not our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously; to lie gracefully and graciously, not awkwardly and clumsily; to lie firmly, frankly, squarely, with head erect, not haltingly, tortuously, with pusillanimous mien, as being ashamed of our high calling. Then shall we be rid of the rank and pestilent truth that is rotting the land; then shall we be great and good and beautiful, and worthy dwellers in a world where even benign Nature habitually lies, except when she promises execrable weather. "

What are your thoughts?


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    Mar 22 2013: WOW...Your wordsmith skills ,if this is your own..is hardcore excellent.There is an essay by a man Northrope Frye who wrote a book called the Educated Imagination,In the book,last chapter he explains with great skill the needs and conditions for social lying. It made me feel better to see the pattern was in fact admitted to exist and had sequence to it that repeated. I felt as if I studied long enough...maybe I could break the code,or channel it.Maybe YOU are the person for this job..who knows.This short essay(last chapter) is worth your efforts.I am pleased to know you have chosen this quest and am wishing you the vision to succeed

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