Working in criminal mental health, I've come to be familiar at recognizing lies and deceit and manipulations and distortions in all their forms - I work with them at the psychological level actually which is more intimate and personal than even the police or attorney level. I get right to the heart of why people do things and why they think what they think. (I'm not saying I'm an expert at recognizing lies, just I do it a lot and some things stick out to me).
And unfortunately, the farther along I progress in life, the more it becomes clear to me that the father of lies has his finger in just about every pie there is.
I was struck recently by some statements from very high ranking government officials who are in the deception-and-intelligence business just how far along we are in the destruction of liberty, yesterday.
What Ether 8 talks about with secret combinations is well underway. I've learned I don't need evidence or proof so much anymore beyond peoples' words to see what's going on as much anymore.
But the lies are always carefully crafted.
They hold a kernel of truth and those are regularly emphasized. As well as emphasizing what they did not say.
Listen, if you have to emphasize what you didn't say so much in public, I'm going to suggest you're doing something wrong.
I've noticed that lies carry assertions but no evidence, implications but no proof, and behind it all is a bunch of ego.
I've also noticed that these men and women in government will tell what they did - which is true - such as countering crime, but they don't say / mention all the times they abetted crime either. So they can say they didn't lie - but they are deceiving. They will say they "have no memory of that"- and again it's left to you to prove it, but they get off scott-free and unaccountable. They will say "no, that's not true" to an assertion or a charge against you, and claim they told the truth on a technicality - a single word - a single description, that your account wasn't 100% accurate and therefore they could insist that they didn't lie in saying it's not true. I've also noticed they will want to know "what the word _____ means" - a-la an American President who said "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is" in regards to a scandalous affair he was being questioned on. Defintions and semantics are the games of the day!
Isn't it interesting how often the anti-Christs in the Book of Mormon were skilled and gifted with words? Knowledgeable in speech and educated and charming?
That's a common one I see in crime, the perpetrators are charming and use devil's tools such as flattery.
Additionally, when caught, they revert to the "everybody's doing it" schtick. Look, we all got skeletons in our closet, but when you're a government official with a large public trust and influence and responsibility, the fact that the everyday joe isn't walking the straight and narrow is no excuse - it has no bearing whatsoever on public conduct! You're a public servant, you are supposed to uphold higher standards, you're supposed to be more accountable with your career, personally and privately.
And then they pretend, like Pilate, not to know what the truth or what values and virtues are ("What is truth?"). Or like in Matthew 21 where they pretend not to know the truth so as to escape culpability:
23 ¶ And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?
26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.
27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
It's just, we live in an age with so many many lies, and it's been raised to a professional art, sanctioned in the media, and always that burden of proof against the accused which allows the offenders to escape free.
Our government was designed with the assumption that people would be honest, it isn't designed to operate nor can it hold together with the corrupt in charge and in every branch of the government at every level.
On the other hand, one person telling the truth can wield considerable influence for good in the most corrupt of organizations and sometimes that takes a lot of courage or can even cost people.
But it's becoming clear to me that lies have become more and more commonplace, accepted and sanctioned as a part of our world - and with social media and the internet, the lies spread farther and have more influence and more power touching more and more of us.
What to do about it?
Keep up the good work and have faith in father in heaven, these are the last days.