Lying Cheating Also Deception

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The Word Lying comes originates from the Latin word lectus which means “bed” but the actual modern-day definition is to speak falsely, misleading, or tell an untruth about or to purposely deceive someone or something the word lying made its self into the English vernacular around the end of the twelfth century and that word was licgan. Lying has been prevalent all throughout the human kind. It has been seen in the bible, the medieval times, been the cause of wars many many many times over. Lying has also been seen in the academic and professional worlds to further personal. Lying has been studied by college students, psychologists, and their mommas everywhere. Everyone in this world has been affected by a lie as also everyone in this world has told a lie yes even honest abe told a fib or two. So let us dig in!

“Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, Falsehood is more than speaking what is right. Selah. You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. But God will break you down forever; He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah.”-Psalms chapter fifty-two verses two through five. What this quote means is watch what you say and how you say it all because you think this lie may not actually hurt someone but in all actuality that is actually what you all are doing. Let me use our good buddy Private First Class Elijah Milton of Personnel Administration School platoon nine tac nineteen. Well, let us begin with a little backstory about our boy Milton this Marine said a word he should not have said no matter the skin color but he said it and got a punishment of writing a three thousand word essay that was due almost a week later. That is not too bad of punishment in my own personal opinion but Milton wanted to gaff of the essay. From the way the essay was written in the repetitive nature it was you can easily tell that work was not his as the same it never branched into the other topic which was slavery. So I feel like Staff Sergeant Hughes caught onto this, so he told our friend Private First Class Elijah Milton to rewrite his poorly written suspectively plagiarized essay and it will be due at the end of winter break when classes started back up, so the Staff Sergeant gave Milton around another two weeks to expertly craft his essay. When asked by Faculty Advisors or other students about his essay he would tell them, oh I’m working on it I will have it done, you do not have to worry about me. Which led to today when asked for the final copy of his essay he told you Staff Sergeant Pheeney he had not completed or even really attempted to work on his essay. Which led us to write this atrocity of an essay.

I got another example of our friend the green weenie Private First Class Elijah Milton. So this was on fire watch in the middle of the night and Gunnery Sergeant Willoughby was the Duty of the day. So Gunnery Sergeant Willoughby was doing his routine checks on the decks of building 446 and 447 and he made it over to building 446 to make sure the fire watches in that building were doing their jobs. Well not too long before Gunnery Sergeant made it over Milton came down to use the head and realized there was no toilet paper and told me the phone watch that he was going to hold and I believed him not even 5 minutes later gunnery sergeant comes in and checks the deck Milton was on and that was the third deck. He came back down and asked me where the rover was and I told him he was roving his deck like I believed well I was wrong gunnery sergeant came back ten minutes later Milton was still not found. So he had me wake up my class leader Private first class brown as I got him the gunnery sergeant came back twenty minutes passed and there was no sign of Milton still so brown and I put our heads together and knocked on his boy Marcellus’s and there he was three seconds after we got down knocking on the door Milton himself answers and I quote gunnery sergeant I was taking a shit and there was no toilet paper downstairs. Gunnery sergeant replied so you were shitting for twenty minutes he said yes gunnery sergeant as right then and there gunnery sergeant Willoughby know Milton had lied straight to his face and called Milton an integrity violator. After Milton’s shift was over I said to him I know you were not taking a dump for twenty minutes I said I took a dump but I was also chilling in there.

My next example is Private First Class Clark he would constantly lie to me and consistently be the green weenie in my behind. So I and Clark our first few field days went good as they should minimal hits and we passed as each field day would come each time Clark would be face timing some chick longer and longer each time and he would clean less and less so the last time we passed as a room he was face timing way too long and I said screw I will clean your side for you too and we passed that field day with no hits like we should of but honestly I got tired of his games and we went back to cleaning the like we originally planned the last two field days I and Clark were together he would face time all night like previously stated before. But now when he would get off the phone at zero hundred in the morning he would start cleaning but he only cleaned for about ten minutes and he would hit me with one of the trustworthy lines and it was my fault I trusted I was going to treat him like a man even though he did not deserve the respect but when said I will wake at zero four-thirty i am like you probably will not but prove me wrong each time he said he woke up at zero five-thirty and we would always end up at each other’s throats yelling and screaming and cursing each other like some fifth-grade sissies who just heard their first curse words in their lives and thought that kind thing was cool. Clark is a lying cheating scumbag who has the main goal in life of taking advantage of women for his own sexual pleasure. It is sickening and repulsing how he feels no problem banging four girls on recruiters’ assistance when he has a whole girlfriend waiting back here in Jacksonville North Carolina.

Now to go more historical into lies he is one of the biggest lies you were told in elementary school Abraham lincoln was pro no slaves actually it was contrary to what you were taught in school Abraham lincoln yes did eradicate and abolish slavery in America but that was not without many attempts to set up alternate slave lands just outside the Americas or even set up said lands in the Caribbean and back in Africa the motherland herself which set uplands such as Liberia. The Honorable Mr. Lincoln realized all these plans did not make economic or political sense do the fact all he wanted was to reunite the union and the confederate states back together.

Now to talk about lies and deception in war. Some would call the title of this post the “most quoted” quote of Sun Tzu’s entire book. However, I dislike the emphasis many places on learning “The Art of War” through disjointed quotations. Chapter I has a significant section on deception, but readers of this isolated quote might never learn the context associated with it. Allow me to explain. When Sun Tzu elaborates on deception, he begins: “Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; When using our forces, we must seem inactive; When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; When far away, we must make him believe we are near.”A reader might glance over this and be tempted to remark, “Well, that sounds easy.” It most assuredly is not. When in a conflict against fellow human beings, the opponent is a fellow man; being a fellow man, he is familiar with the patterns that accompany readiness to attack, signs of inactivity, and indications of proximity or lack thereof. These are signs that armies and other large organizations give off without conscious thought or effort. While not every leader or strategist is well versed with the subtleties that accompany them, they are all familiar with the bold strokes that accompany an armored cavalry thrust from a General Patton, as one example. These are things that are hard to conceal, yet easy to detect. Thus, something more is required. This is the role of deception. Unable to simply show the enemy nothing, the strategist instead shows his opponent something that the opponent wishes to see and wishes to believe. Having shown something, but having shown this something in a way that creates a false impression, the enemy is seduced into deceiving himself.

I should point out right now that Sun Tzu, a man who strenuously preached the importance of benevolence and sincerity in a commander’s dealings – not only with his peers and his sovereign but spies and others in uniquely vulnerable positions where trust is a greater commodity than money – in no way supported deception as a way of life in general. He supported the use of deception in war. This is a critical distinction. Sun Tzu continued, “Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.”Why feign disorder? Feigning disorder works because of a simple, time-honored principle: if you look like a sucker, someone is going to try and “sucker punch” you. This is also true in martial arts. A skilled martial artist who deliberately puts up a false front, pretending to be “slow” – mentally as well as physically – and to be quiet and passive, can lure an aggressive, careless opponent into making the first move in a careless manner that leads to a thorough beating. Such things have been known to happen. This reaction – seeing weakness, and pouncing on it – is deeply ingrained “alpha male” behavior. If the opponent attempts to exploit a false opening, it is he who becomes exposed.“If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is superior in strength, evade him.”Against an opponent who is secure in defense, the best strategy may well be to await the opponent’s attack. When the opponent leaves his secure position to do battle, he may then be assaulted. However, if the opponent is superior in strength to you, you are not obligated to do him any favors and fight him on terms favorable to him; indeed, much of Sun Tzu’s strategy is devoted to not fighting on terms favorable to the enemy but to fight on terms favorable to you. Thus, an enemy superior in strength can be evaded. As we can see, Sun Tzu constantly sees delivering value to his stakeholders as the objective of his strategy. Sun Tzu does not seek fame or fortune via courage that brings battlefield defeat. Every thought and every action is devoted to fighting a war in the most efficient, effective manner possible, seeking to bring it to an end as quickly as possible.“If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.”Another deeply ingrained alpha male behavior is to take advantage of the weak. If an opponent is weak, he may be treated lightly and with arrogance. Like a cat playing with a mouse, the man in a position of advantage may seek to not only defeat his opponent but to thoroughly humiliate his enemy in every respect. This search for a more satisfying victory leads directly to carelessness.

Humans naturally do a sort of triage when dealing with threats. If one opponent seems to be weak, that opponent has left aside while the measures are taken against the stronger opponent. (This is a strategy made famous on the reality television series “Survivor.”) When the only opponent on a field of battle seems weak, an already prideful man tends to boast, “I have no enemy here! I am peerless! This foe is no match of mine! I can defeat him any time I wish!”By the same token, a man who is attempting to behave rationally, but who is prone to bursts of anger, can be provoked into highly aggressive actions (as befit his core nature) if he is sufficiently provoked. Not everyone with a temper can be lured in quite so easily, but those that can be will frequently make careless mistakes.“If he is taking his ease, give him no rest.”In the late stages of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, commanders were making decisions when having remained awake constantly over the course of three days. Fatigue – individual and organizational – is one of the leading causes of critical mistakes. Giving the enemy any unnecessary chance to rest and recover his mental strength is unwise. When able to deny the enemy rest, one should do so, for fatigue only makes his job much harder.“Attack him where he is unprepared; appear where you are not expected.”Now we get to the crux of the matter. Someone learning “The Art of War” as a grouping of isolated quotations and passages would be tempted to read this and believe that it stands wholly on its own. It does not. Your opponent is unprepared because you have deceived him. He does not expect you because you have irritated him, made him arrogant, and denied him the rest required for him to regain his senses and reconsider his vulnerable position. When engaged in warfare, every large deception you make is built on every smaller deception you have already made. Having seduced the opponent into deceiving himself as to your strength, disposition, intention, activity, and location, you lead him around calmly and effortlessly as if leading a donkey via a dangling carrot. You show your opponent what he wishes to see, and he decides, purely by himself, that it is so; in this way, you deceive without ever having spoken a word to him, without ever having “lied” in the conventional sense. You have assisted him in lying to himself. Thus, believing his own overconfident conclusions, he is completely at your mercy. Thus can superiority in numbers and other measurements of strength be brought low, purely due to recognizing that an army is led by a fallible human being. Finally… “These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand.” I summarize this passage with a simple quote: Do not tip your hand. Having entered through all this trouble to deceive one’s opponent, to tip one’s hand and announce one’s tactics to the enemy via word, deed, or spy, is not only fatal to deception but ruinous because this allows the enemy to develop successful countermeasures. One does not have to lie to not tip one’s hand; the leader merely requires discipline to keep his cards close to the vest rather than flaunt them for all to see. Thus is secrecy preserved. Thus is the victory won where defeat would otherwise be certain. By the same measure, this is a crushing victory won obtained, routing the enemy with less loss to one’s own side, rather than a narrow, hard-fought victory that could have been obtained through brute force alone. This is how maximum value is delivered to stakeholders via the most efficient use of resources possible.

Not all lies are actually bad some lies actually help level the yang and the yang in this world. No lie: There are times when not telling the truth is a good thing. That’s according to a new study about the ethics of lying released today by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.“We say lying is wrong in our personal and professional lives, but we often catch ourselves feeling very uncomfortable when we have to tell the truth, such as when we deliver critical feedback or when we tell grandpa that we don’t like the oranges he sends us every year as a birthday present,” says Emma Levine, a doctoral candidate at Wharton, who co-authored the study. “We lie all the time and we see other people doing it, so we get very mixed messages.”Levine and her co-author, Wharton professor Maurice Schweitzer, dig into these issues by showing that lies come in many flavors: well-intentioned lies are considered moral, while selfish or meaningless lies are considered immoral. We should be thinking critically about when lying might be the right thing to do. The truth is that we all lie–but sometimes it’s to spare the feelings of others or prevent others from experiencing psychological harm. The new Wharton paper points to many examples of this: We might tell our host that their meatloaf is delicious or tell a colleague that their work makes a valuable contribution when we don’t believe these things to be true. In everyday speech, we sometimes call these statements “white lies,” but this phrase gives the impression that these deceptions are inconsequential. Yet people lie in high-stakes scenarios all the time: Parents might deceive their children about the state of their marriage or doctors might lie to their patients about exactly how terrible their diagnosis is to help them recover better. “We are often very conflicted when we lie and are spend a lot of energy wrestling with our decision to lie,” Levine says. Levine and Schweitzer wanted to scientifically identify exact instances when lying are considered immoral. To do this, they put hundreds of subjects through scenarios involving deception to see whether they judged particular forms of lying to be good or bad. For example, in some cases, lying to someone might result in giving the recipient of the lie a few dollars; in other cases, lying to someone might result in taking a few dollars away from the recipient of the lie.

The results were unanimous: Lying to help another person was consistently perceived to be good while lying that had no effect on the other person or that harmed them was perceived to be wrong. In the paper, Levine and Schweitzer write: “Individuals with altruistic intentions are perceived to be more moral, more benevolent, and more honest, even when they lie.” This is a major development in ethical research because until now, lies have been studied as a single category of selfish, wrongheaded behavior. Levine and Schweitzer make it possible to think critically about lying and to consider instances when it might be productive and healthy. “There might be interpersonal benefits that help others that require lying,” Levine says. “It’s important to move the conversation in that direction.”So what can we do with this information? As a first step, we can stop feeling guilty about every lie we utter. This sinking feeling prevents us from thinking rationally about our objectives and intentions: In some cases, benevolent lies may be the kindest and most reasonable course of action.“From a business perspective, most managers feel very conflicted about lying to their employees,” Levine says. “Most companies say that they value honesty and integrity, but everyday managers are not sharing complete information for the sake of protecting employees’ feelings or privacy. The advice on the table is that rather than saying something is worse than doing it anyway, we should be thinking critically about when lying might be the right thing to do.”She hopes that this research allows people to have a more nuanced and open discussion about their behavior and motivations.

However, Levine makes it clear that not all lies are good: Many lies are harmful, self-interested, and just plain wrong. “I want to reiterate that people tell lies that are selfish and lies that don’t help anyone,” she says. “The point of our study is that helping others is often more important than honesty.” to go more in-depth into examples of white lies or beneficial lists here we go. Like some lies are actually are somewhat beneficial such as when you are a little kid and your momma or poppa realizes your dog is getting sick, old, or decrepit and realizes living is more harmful to the dog than death so they get your dog euthanized and tell you that they sent your dog upstate to live on a wide-open farm with the pastures and toys it wants. Lying has also hurt me very bad due to the fact of how many times I lied to my mom or dad telling them oh I am going to school today. Oh yeah if I went to school like I was supposed I would of never joined the marine corps or another lie I told when I actually went to school I told the teachers to give me the work I will do it at home. Maybe yeah I actually did the work but I didn’t do it myself and my teachers eventually caught me. He finally picked one of my outlines up with a few weeks left in school and read. He realized all i did was arrange the paragraphs of an old outline i found on line well another example was tenth science class i caught on to a trick my teacher did not know and that was she whited out the answers to the work sheet before she converted it over to a pdf and she did not know i knew so i was turning my work in to her way before everyone else so one day we were taking a test in that class i finished the test legitimately for once no i dont cheat in personnel administration school but i was shady in high school so when we finished the test i started the worksheet and highlighting everything she had previously whited i did not know she had walked behind me well that was not a good surprise to say the least never had to visit the principal’s office did get a lunch detention so honestly that was not too bad see in high school i was never the academic kind of type the only time i did show up to school was football season and my attendance still was shotty due to injuries and the lack of care for school at the time which haunts me now.

As a high school I missed over two hundred and fifty days of school and still passed so yeah it is not a lack of intelligence like the crappy platoon would say. I missed two hundred and fifty days of school and still graduated with a 2.4 weighted grade point average honestly may not be great but it is a million times better than half this platoon would have if they were put in this same situation and no I did not cheat my way through high school I just cheated sporadically mainly between two classes that honestly did not matter to what I plan on majoring or focusing on when I go to college so yes lying and cheating has helped and has also hurt me do the fact me lying and not going to school I ended up enlisting into biggest sham and collection of lies and shitbags I have ever met. There is a recruit I may or may not know from Bootcamp who told me a story about how he ended up shipping to Bootcamp. So this involved a pool and a gunnery sergeant Schmuckatelli both of them are from a Detroit RSS but this guy all he had was an expired driver’s permit and he was told he could not ship top to boot camp cause he would need a valid identification card to ship to Bootcamp well this kid and gunnery sergeant Schmuckatelli made a trip down to Ohio after they forged a fake Ohio address and forged his bank statements to the Ohio address. So well this kid shipped hence me meeting him but somehow the marine corps found out before the crucible and ended up sending him to the recruit separation platoon well for gunnery sergeant Schmuckatelli I heard he got sent to the brig for fraud. So the moral of that story is not to cheat yourself into this sham life. The biggest lie I was ever told to be honest was to join the marine corps. That is bogus as bogus can I have barely any fun since joining this god-forsaken gun club. The only saying that I heard about the marine corps before that I have found true is that it is brotherhood through misery. Bootcamp was the most miserable three months of my life but I honestly respect the three legends that made me into the man I am today. Mct was slightly better it was still miserable and not fun at all. And personnel administration is an unneeded hell hole in which the faculty advisors are way too extra for no reason. This essay was unneeded you know that but the marine corps tells you the lie that mass punishment actually works but it does not what works is making an example of someone as Master Gunnery Sergeant say in quote “Ima max him the fuck out” that is honestly what needs to happen as you stand there and fulfill his other famous quote “Stand there and take it like a motherfucking champ.

So in summary. Don’t lie, it’s not worth it, here’s why. Thinking about how we erode trust through white lies told in front of other people can be particularly interesting. Lying, even over the smallest reasons, needlessly damages personal relations and public trust. In many cases, false encouragement can harm the other person. Telling a fat person they’re thin, telling a bad writer they’re doing great, telling a sloppy mess that they’re attractive, these all hold them back from fixing their problems. We do it because we’re scared of hurting their feelings, but we do more damage in the long run. The solution isn’t to be an asshole, but to find ways to provide the truth objectively. If your friends know you will be the one to tell them the truth, they’ll come to you more. You’ll be a welcome change because they know you won’t just coddle them. How would your relationships change if you started doing this? What kind of person would you become, what would you learn about yourself? Try being more truthful, and not telling these little white lies except when you absolutely have no other choice.


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  2. “Lying Quotes (490 Quotes).” Goodreads. Accessed January 10, 2019. “Lying Quotes (490 Quotes).” Goodreads. Accessed January 10, 2019.
  3. Segran, Elizabeth. “When Lying Is Good.” Fast Company. September 17, 2014. Accessed January 10, 2019.
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