[March 10, 2023] People often talk to me about my courage; they say because of my time in combat, but that is not precisely correct. I just learned to be afraid of the right things. During my time in the Army, I’ve seen that not saying what is true is what really has terrible consequences.
Whatever I had to say that wasn’t popular was nothing like the trouble I would get into if I did not tell the truth. If I were to lose control of my tongue and mind by repeating the words, the lies, of others for whatever reason (and believe me there are plenty of “good” reasons), that would bring hell upon me.
I cannot get away with a lie. I have never seen anyone get away with lying, not even once. In military life, in all of life, all we have that is worthwhile is the truth. And, of course, we only have our best approximation of the truth, but that’s better than nothing at all.
You need to be afraid of the right thing. You should be afraid of contaminating your own being, yourself, with deceit and lies. That is really what you should be afraid of, as that will definitely do you in. If you fill your head with nonsense, no one except you will call you out on it. But I know we can crush that voice – calling us out – if we try hard enough.
Then wait until you are in real trouble with real horrific problems. One day will come when you have to make a decision, which is the difference between life and death, or worse between someone else’s life and death, or worse, between health and terrible suffering that’s worse than death. If you compromised yourself to such an extent by previous lies, you will not be able to rely upon your judgment, and you will make the mistakes you should not make.
And then you are done. That will absolutely happen. If you voluntarily tell those things you know not to be true, you do so at your exceptional peril. If you avoid the unpleasant truths that you have to delve into in all its messiness, you do so at your absolute peril and the peril of everyone around you.
If you see that is what you are doing, you will become afraid of that, which is true hell. And hell is worse than death.
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