“Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!”
Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17. Scottish author & novelist (1771 – 1832) http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/27150.html
People who are given to drink, tend to be inconsistently given to breath mints. Yet, no worries, they “can quit any time” they want to quit.
People who are given to cigars, are bound to the task of removing every vestige of smoke from their clothes. Yet, no worries, they “can quit any time” they want to quit.
People, who are given to gambling, often invest everything of value in their lives for the purpose of grasping a mirage. Yet, no worries, they “can quit any time” they want to quit.
People, who deceive others “for a living,” arguably deceive themselves about what it means to really live.
Many sources use many and varied words of academia, but in its simplest form deception is simply a lie.
1. Deception causes the liar to lose friends. “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17, KJV) Is it possible to love someone, and to lie to them at the same time?
2. Deception is difficult to maintain. In other words, lying weighs heavily on the mind, since the liar must remember “which lie he told to whom” in order to maintain the deception. “A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person is headed for destruction.” [Proverbs 13:15, NLT])
3. Deception breaks down the immune system. This makes liars more vulnerable to illness, since “A merry heart does good, like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” [Proverbs 17:22] The white blood cells are produced in the bone marrow. The reduction of bone marrow reduces the bone’s ability to produce white blood cells. Have you ever met a consistently happy liar?
4. Deception can arguably cause the liar to lose touch with reality, and in time “dance with insanity.” Even Sigmund Freud recognized that man is more than just a physical body. His identification of the “id, ego, and superego” gives credibility to the concept that internally human reason includes a conversation between the “id,” which is very childish in nature, caring only for Self, while the “superego” acts as the parent for the “id,” teaching it to consider the needs of others. The “id” must win-out in order to be able to deceive all. What is the possibility that the “id” will ultimately rule the person’s psyche imposing a total departure from reality in order to maintain the luxury of “getting one’s own way?”
Deception has at least one thing in common with anger. To possess either motivation, especially to selfish ends, will eventually corrode the container (i.e. the person) in which it is held.