Was Goebbels Right?

by Andrew Hoffman
Miles Franklin

From the day my precious Sylvie, now nearly five years old, first understood me, I’ve taught her that the two most important things to understand are “be nice, and don’t lie.” Generally speaking, it’s worked well for me, and the vast majority of people throughout history. Regarding the latter, there’s a good reason why it’s one of the Ten Commandments, as lying, for all intents and purposes, is the root cause of destruction.

“White lies,” or “fibs” may not be as harmful, but the process of propagating even the smallest lie often leads to far greater evils. Such as my favorite example, the movie Fargo; in which, in the process of orchestrating a seemingly harmless “fake kidnapping,” the protagonist unwittingly catalyzes a chain of events leading to the death or imprisonment of everyone involved.

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