Another thought-provoking essay from our old friend Brian Lambert.
This essay was triggered by watching politicians lie on my iPad screen and then my mind went naturally to Scientology and Hubbard. It was REASONABLE to do so.
Lately I’ve been studying, meditating and thinking very deeply on the words: reason, intelligence and conscience. I’ve been inquiring in myself when I’ve lacked these positive virtues, at various times and various degrees; from teen to adulthood
Today I just now realized that there is one word; when it is not honored and lived that actually erodes and destroys reason, intelligence and conscience; and that word is……
When the ability to reason is used for lying, when the ability to reason is used for treachery, subterfuge, the justification of harming others for personal gain; then that is the very process of destroying the ability to actually reason and see the mind and the world with clarity. Thinking then becomes distorted. When we use reason to camouflage the truth, when we use reason to hide from the truth; it is at that starting point that intelligence starts to also degrade.
If intelligence is the recognition of truth, and if a person has lived a life of lies then that person’s intelligence and ability to reason will become inaccurate and degraded. Stupidity is the next obvious step.
When using the powers of reason and intelligence to rape the truth for personal gain, that person surrenders their own power to see the truth as a result of creating the mental habit of denying the truth. Denying truth becomes a mental characteristic process for that person. Then the ability to see truth starts to fade away.
Truth then, in my view, is up there with the words: God, intimacy, trust, reason, intelligence, conscience and many more.
If truth is not held high as a behavior modification, as a standard of thinking, living, experiencing, communicating, as a moral imperative; if truth is not honored as the same importance as God himself/herself/itself; then that person starts to descend into the human and spiritual dark side of ignorance and idiocy.
Gone is the ability to differentiate between truth and lie, love and hate. The positive powers of the cognitive faculties become corrupted.