The Bearable Lightness of Being Earnest

January 9, 2015 10:42 PM

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There's a certain honesty to be found in lies. Lies reveal the extent of moral compromise one is willing to make and the degree of guilt one's conscious will allow. In this sense, they can be regarded as a challenge to self. How much lying can one endure before it feels entirely wrong? What is the threshold before self-loathing? How long until lines are blurred and one starts to find it difficult to discern what was lie from what actually occurred?

For me, lying became the default norm. I had to do it to cover up my worsening OCD and justify the increasingly odd behavior I engaged in. I lied to others and to myself. I lied to people I knew very well as well as people with whom I'd have a fleeting encounter, meaning where lying wasn't even nece...

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