Thursday, June 23, 2011

A New Deadly Sin for Today's Wacky World

There are many kinds of dishonesty, and honestly I've been guilty of any number of them, but there are some forms that particularly rankle me. The dishonesty of political leaders is one of them.

And it's not about doing something stupid, denying it vociferously to the world, then going on to admit that, yes, well, I did in fact do that stupid thing.

That's bad but what's worse is a leader who deliberately tells a lie and does it because they know that people want to believe that lie and will therefore vote for anyone who tells them that lie and who defends it with full-throated vigor. Here is an example from a certain politician who's star is currently rising in national politics:

"As a matter of fact, carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful, but there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas."

Really? This is the kind of sin that can really be deadly.