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Differences from Truth

[365] The lie is not generally forbidden. It is a constituent part of our daily life. If we do not want to hurt or harm someone, then the lie - understood as (the smallest) difference from truth - lends itself. To say to a dying person the brutal truth misses the love for zer. The white lie comes from the emergency. But as with everything it depends on the right measure: Who loses it, acts wrongly.

[366] A (voluntary) misstatement (e.g. as a witness in court) is much more difficult to value, in particular if one declares under oath. In case of doubt we should give the priority to the truth, even if the consequences are hard. Who testifies falsely out of low motives, cannot count on the approval of a religion. Under L the truth comes to light anyway and L is the highest judge.

[367] Fraud can weigh heavier than lie. There are special cases in that fraud is justified (two-way fraud), this applies to the financial and the conjugal fraud. Similarly to estimate are deception, embezzlement, disinformation and other illegal facts. It can occur, according to situation of the case, that illegal acts can be ethically justified (emergency). The punishment cannot save from this possibly.

[843] It serves man when ze can detect by measurements whether somebody is lying deliberately or not, because it contributes to justice: There may be detected offences and be punished without innocent being convicted. It yet puts a strain on the living together, if these measurements are expanded to include everyday life and are publicised: thoughts must be free to protect the personality of the thinking person.

[844] An inadequate control with all the technical possibilities is in each case to avoid: The transparent citizen lives a unworthy life. Without wellfounded suspicion nobody may be monitored, a judge must confirm the former. A harmonisation of different laws may not go hand in hand with mediocrity: There must be space for movements towards the poles without paying homage to the extremes.

[733] Suggestion may be helpful: for others and for oneself. If the circumstances are not the way we like them, one can not force the luck indeed, but attain at least a subjective improvement. One has something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Vice versa one can also damage oneself by negative thoughts. In both cases one should not ignore the truth.

[734] One can push truths to the back of one's mind and this may even be healthy. However, it is difficult to cheat one's memory if one has a good one or the experiences have been incising. One can record a lot, but for certain negative contents it is to dissuade from that. One can suffer very from one's memory by forgetting negative not anymore or by forgetting as much that a normal life is not (anymore) possible.

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