D is for Deception

Deception, lies, and liars have been on my mind lately. Sometimes deception is so much more than just telling someone something that isn’t true. Deception can be a strategy. There are creepy people out there who take their time to formulate intricate plots to trick people. Their entire lives are based around deception. Many people, even people we don’t necessarily see as bad, are living a life of deception. They are acting as though they are somebody they really are not.

Leading people on is deception. Pretending you are somebody’s friend and dropping them flat is deception. I’m sure that people who deceive others might have good intentions sometimes, but as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Say what you mean. Do not deceive.

But that brings to mind something else. What if you told someone something that was true at the time you said it, but then later on, the truth gradually became less and less true? Words like “I love you” and “I trust you” can be meant with the purest of intentions. You can mean it with all your heart and soul when you say it to someone.  Then, perhaps, you break up. You get divorced. Those words become a lie, the relationship a deception.

I don’t really know what to make of all those random thoughts. They’ve just been floating around in my brain for a while, and now they’ve finally launched themselves onto the screen. I think the moral of the story is that deception is deliberate. In order to deceive someone, you have to know you will deceive them. You must know your own intentions. I don’t know if that makes sense, but… it made me think quite a bit.

9 thoughts on “D is for Deception

  1. Very nice thoughts and observations!
    As for telling someone something that is true at the time you say it, it does not change even if later you no longer feel the same. It was true at the time you felt it and said it, that never changes for that time slot.

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    1. True. I guess I like to think of words having an “expiration date,” but I never thought of them having permanence for a certain time slot. Interesting.

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  2. I guess deception is all around us. Many cases of deception are unintentionally a lie (I think that sentence made sense). But I definitely think that sometimes deceiving someone just to make them feel better (in other words a white lie to avoid hurting them) can be the right thing to do, depending on the circumstances.

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  3. “You can mean it with all your heart and soul when you say it to someone. Then, perhaps, you break up. You get divorced. Those words become a lie, the relationship a deception.” I think the relationship becomes a deception if you continue it after your feelings change, pretending that they haven’t. Breaking up can be difficult, but it’s ultimately more damaging (to both people) if you pretend.

    Deception can be great in fiction, though. Most people don’t want to meet sleazy characters who lie all the time, but they can be really fun in books. 🙂

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