Lies for survival and suffering

A Taoist proverb says no one can tell a lie. This is because the lie reveals a different kind of truth, such as a desire not to be punished or face up the certain consequences.Buddhism suggests if we understood the consequences of lies, we would act morally all the time.

All true, but a justification for survival persists: once everyone in the world is lying and vindictive, does the truth set you free? or make of you an easy scapegoat?

Without an adequate network, survival is in question in an untrustworthy culture, and our personal life incurs tremendous suffering.

This is answered by another Buddhist teaching: you must vanquish desire because it leads to suffering. We find that the desire to be moral (honest) causes suffering until you can completely shed your desire for survival.

Back to lies: if a liar reveals a more profound truth through the lie, there can be no “lies” as they only tell a deeper truth. We have added a complex moral dubiety: we “lie/truth” for survival to alleviate our suffering, which causes more suffering, which can only be relieved by releasing the desire to live.

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