As there is a difference between criminal and moral laws, so we know there is a difference among liars.
When you brought your kids to the movie theater last week, you told the manager that your 13 year old daughter was 12.
Should you be classified as a liar, of whom no trust can be given?
Is there a difference between the personal, relationship lie, and bribes?
What about just returning an item on day 31 of a 30 day return policy?
We consider such things as 'white lies', 'personal lies', and panic lies, and how honest people react to lying:
Do they hurt over them?
Do they seek to make amends?
Then, there is the fabricator of reality...
and the habitual liar; the narcissistic type, who puts himself or herself before others.
You, alone, must decide what classification to put a liar into. As the political season is in full steam, is there a difference between an affair, and a serial cheater?
Is there a difference between a predator and a weakling?
For one, the lie is embraced, enjoyed as successful, and a stepping stone;
for another, it is a hurt to confront, amend, and learn from.
For one, it is not really noticed, while for another, it stops them dead in their paths, and makes them reconsider life.
Everyone lies, but not everyone is a habitual liar who will bring harm and destruction.
When you listen to the politicians, listen carefully, with discernment.
When they attack each other:
do they attack policy?
do they attack personally?
is the personal attack one of character, or is it an attempt to exploit error and human frailty?
Does one reveal a serial fabricator of reality who's narrative trumps truth?
Does one seem to make the same mistakes of all men, but has humility to learn from mistakes?
Does one seem immovable, while another seems to have no solid position on anything, waiting for the next opinion poll to dictate character?
For many of us, America has been going on a steadfast downhill path in the last several elections and recognizing our country is a challenge.
The lack of civility is as remarkable today, as the lack of truth has been in the last 7 years.
Even people considered professional seem to become emotional, and unhinged, vulgar, and will project their own thinking on to others, without considering one may disagree.
Name calling, labeling, slogans, and bumper-stickers appeal to the lazy minded. It is easy to recite 'if it don't fit, you must acquit' than it is to carefully weigh all the evidence.
In the very least, readers of Statement Analysis come here with 'pause' in mind.
It takes time and consideration to analyze anything and quick fix bumper-stickers, even when echoing a principle, may not fit well with truth seeking.
Proceed with discernment.