Sunday, January 22, 2023

Truth and lies

Few people are qualified in lies and bending the truth according to their convenience. Truths are converted into lies and lies into the truth. They create an impression in the organization and society that they have relevant information with them but nobody knows that the said information is not truth. For them perceptions, data, deceiving knowledge are truth. They will ensure the damage to the people around, society and the organization for their personal agenda. Some people called those characters, corporate leaders. 

Truth and ethical lying are complex and often contentious topics. At its core, truth is the state of being in agreement with fact or reality, while a lie is a false statement made with the intent to deceive. However, the concept of what constitutes a "fact" or "reality" can vary depending on one's perspective, and the morality of lying can depend on the context in which it occurs.

In some cases, lying may be seen as an ethical action. For example, lying to protect someone from harm or to prevent a greater harm from occurring may be considered morally justifiable. Similarly, lying to spare someone's feelings or to maintain a sense of privacy may also be seen as acceptable. On the other hand, lying in order to gain an unfair advantage or to manipulate others is generally considered unethical. Such lies can cause harm to others and undermine trust and relationships.

It is important to note that the concept of "white lies" or "small lies" can also be a gray area when it comes to the ethics of lying. While these types of lies may not cause significant harm, they can still contribute to a culture of dishonesty and lack of trust.

In any case, it is important to weigh the potential consequences of one's actions before deciding whether or not to tell a lie. The truth may be uncomfortable or difficult to hear, but it is ultimately the foundation of trust and understanding in any relationship or situation.

There are different types of Truths. 

"Paribhashik satya" is a phrase that can be translated to "conventional truth" or "conventional reality" in English. It refers to the commonly accepted facts or beliefs that are considered to be true within a particular culture or society. These truths are often taken for granted and are not subject to question or doubt.

For example, It is generally accepted as true that the earth is oval and that gravity is a force that pulls objects towards the center of the earth. These are considered Paribhashik satya, as they are widely accepted as true within that culture and are not typically questioned. It is important to note that Paribhashik satya can vary from culture to culture and can change over time. For example, there is one section who still believes that earth is flat. What is considered true in one society may not be considered true in another, and what was once considered true may be proven to be false later on.

Vyavharic satya, also known as Practical truth, is the idea that truth can be relative and flexible depending on the situation. It's the understanding that in certain situations, it may be more beneficial to bend the truth or withhold certain information. This concept is often used in business, politics, and personal relationships.

In business, vyavharic satya can be used to negotiate deals, protect trade secrets, or avoid damaging relationships with clients or partners. For example, a company may choose to downplay the negative effects of a product recall to avoid losing customers or damaging their reputation. In politics, vyavharic satya can be used to gain support for a cause, avoid controversy, or avoid damaging relationships with other countries. For example, a politician may choose to downplay their opposition to a certain policy in order to gain support from a particular group of voters.

In personal relationships, vyavharic satya can be used to avoid conflict, protect someone's feelings, or maintain a sense of harmony. For example, a friend may choose not to tell another friend that they're not invited to a party to avoid hurt feelings. While vyavharic satya can be used as a tool to navigate difficult situations, it's important to use it responsibly. It's not appropriate to use it to deceive, manipulate, or harm others. It's also important to be aware of the potential consequences of bending the truth. If a lie is uncovered, it can lead to mistrust and damage relationships.

Prasadic satya, also known as contextual truth, is the idea that truth can change based on the context or situation. It's the understanding that what is true in one situation may not be true in another. This concept is often used in philosophy, religion, and psychology.

In philosophy, prasadic satya is used to argue that truth is not absolute, but rather a matter of perspective. For example, a philosopher might argue that what is true for one person may not be true for another. This idea is often associated with relativism, the belief that there is no universal truth.

In religion, prasadic satya is used to argue that the truth of a religious text or belief may change depending on the context. For example, a religious leader might argue that the meaning of a scripture changes depending on the time and place it's being interpreted. This idea is often associated with the concept of progressive revelation, the belief that God's truth is revealed gradually over time.

In psychology, prasadic satya is used to argue that the truth of an individual's experience may change depending on the context. For example, a therapist might argue that what is true for one person in one moment may not be true for them in another moment. This idea is often associated with the concept of cognitive dissonance, the psychological state of discomfort when holding two or more conflicting beliefs.

Lies are always unethical and detrimental to self and others, however the individual may choose truth which is moreover lie sometimes. Sometimes, we have to lie to tell the truth. In the civilized world, everything is a lie. When somebody doesn’t want to disturb or hurt anybody, the lie is spoken. For example, if the doctor tells the patient that s/he will be recovered very soon, knowing that the patient is on a dead bed, it is an ethical lie. But if you are damaging somebody, it is definitely not good.  

The question still remains what is truth. The truth which takes you to the Supreme Power, God, is a truth. That all which leads to the truth, is a truth.

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