Why is lying the root of all evil? Have you seen what happened at the Capitol yesterday? That was the end result too many lies. One woman who was a rioter said she had traveled across the country because she’d been told that Vice President Pence could change the results of the election, and she was there to make that happen. This rioter was disappointed because her motivation for insurrection was based on a lie. The Vice President failed to tell her he didn’t have the power to change election results that until it was too late. “If only I had known Pence couldn’t change the election results, I wouldn’t have bothered to come all this way.”

Lying is the root of all evil because the outcome is never good

Was your heart pounding when you thought your elected lawmakers were in danger from mob violence? Mine was. While lies have made people do terrible things throughout the ages, when it happens right here we can’t pretend it’s just another day. Today is not just another day. We talk about lying in recovery because you cannot heal if the truth is not told and accepted.

What lies do you need to recover from right now? My heart has been broken many times by people who don’t tell the truth, and I’m sure yours has, too. How do you deal with people who have lied to you over and over? You get used to it. Until the line has been crossed. There is a kind of destructive conditioning that happens when someone you want to trust breaks down your resistance. And then a mob breaks into the Capitol.

Lying is the root of all evil because it’s hard to admit something unacceptable happening

Recovery is about getting honest. Honesty is one of the cornerstones of healing and recovery. Whatever your behavior or trauma or grief, you cannot get past it without telling the truth. That’s a fact. These questions: Who are you really? What do you want to happen? If you want to destroy your family, loved ones, neighbors, community, you lie about what you’re doing. When you don’t want to be healthy, you lie. How about needing to be in control? No one can stay in control or a state of domination without lying. Lying is quite frankly the root of all evil.

Lying is addiction at its worst

Lying became a much deeper way of life in the last four years. Gaslighting is presenting alternate explanations for things you can see with your own eyes is not true. It’s what narcissists do to control people and get them to do things they shouldn’t do. If you get your information from only one source, you’re not truly informed and can’t make informed decisions.

How do you get the truth past 30,000 lies told by the President , someone we are supposed to revere and trust.

What’s happened to us as a nation? A whole separate reality has replaced the truth. This is how it happens. Dictators become popular by telling lies. They know that if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it. And that is what has happened with this administration. It has lied and lied and lied, and people believe them because the lies are just too many. And bad people are called patriots and told they’re loved.

Good people don’t lie

Lying, of course, exists all over the world. The difference is good people don’t lie. They just don’t. You can’t be a good person and knowingly tell lies. Who said, “I cannot tell a lie?” It was George Washington at 6 years old when he received a hatchet and damaged his father’s cherry tree. Honesty is the key to recovery.

We have to be honest now. If you believed all lies, then now is the time to learn the truth. We have to accept the truth, as we do in all forms of recovery, and we have to move on, be kind to each other. And give up the idea of hurting and punishing people who don’t agree with you.

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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation. Leslie is a proud member of Rotary International.

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