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End the lies, help those who truly need it

Published:Wednesday | August 20, 2014 | 8:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! My sister once said that lying is a distinct mark of stupidity. A lie is an "intentionally false statement to a person or group made by another person or group who knows it is not the whole truth". Lies invariably lead to disgrace and embarrassment. Ouch! Why then do even highly respectable people lie?

For aeons, the world has been drenching itself with high dosages of lies and seems poised to continue on this poisonous 'elixir'. Any wonder the world remains sick? Lies are used to protect lies. By design, successive lies become more and more ridiculous until the liars are tripped by their falsehood. And even at this point, they still deny that they were lying. As Miss Lou would say, 'Mi puppa!'

At the root of most lies is selfishness or self-preservation. The child will lie to avoid punishment. The boss will lie to staff to preserve respect. The criminal will lie to avoid incarceration. The husband or wife will lie to save face.

Some argue that there is much wisdom in lying. Others posit that if all truths were to be told, there would be no peace in the world. They reason that we are not perfect. The man who, therefore, cheats because of his imperfection must find a way to convince his wife of his innocence for peace sake (for peace sake?). And what happens when the truth surfaces? Doan mek ghos' fool yuh, the truth comes to the fore, even if it takes a hundred years or more.

Receiving forgiveness

People who admit to a wrong committed are more likely to receive forgiveness and sympathy than those who don't. Lies have led to the fall of governments, company executives, athletes, parliamentarians, pastors, bishops, doctors and other highly esteemed professionals. What is bothersome is not so much the act of indiscretion; it's the lie which follows. Lies add no value; they only deplete trust! The absence of trust makes room for misery, confusion, disappointment, hatred and possible violence and death.

As tough and embarrassing as it can be at times, truth-telling is always the better way. It withstands the test of time. Just tell the truth and be humble enough to apologise, if necessary. Not only is this a sign of strength, it will make you stronger. Weak people tell lies and the lies only make them even weaker.

Intelligence spent on carving lies is a wasted gift. In the end, the gifted will be stripped and beaten with many stripes. That's the truth!

Persons below, truly need your help. Please oblige.

Opportunities to help

Jethroe, St Andrew, asking for diapers for bed-ridden wife.

Derrick, St Andrew, needs a place of abode. Asking for a stove to bake for a living.

Neighbour needs clothing for boy, eight, and girl, 12. Also needs back-to-school supplies.

Velma, St Mary, needs financial assistance to do test prior to chemotherapy.

Julie asking neighbours for a mattress.

Ann-Marie, Clarendon, mother of three - recently had surgery - asking for help with food for children and a television.

Tenesha, St Catherine, asking for neighbours help to send Rushane back to school - shoes, khaki, $9,000.

Neighbour, sickly mother of 11-and 12-year-old girls, needs a sewing machine to help generate income. Also needs a queen-size mattress.

Bro Barrett, Manchester, needs help with medication - diabetic.

Thanks to neighbours

1. Lady Allen for offering wheelchairs to two needy neighbours.

2. Barbara, St Catherine, for offering clothing for females and children.

3. Hopelin, St Catherine, for offering clothing to five-year-old girl.

4. Valrie, Red Hills Road, St Andrew; clothing and shoes for five-year-old.

5. Zephaniah, Manchester, for female clothing.

6. Marcia, London, England, for assist neighbour who needs help to build chicken coop.

7. Barbara, St Andrew, offering books for grades four, five and six leading up to GSAT.

To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour, c/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; email helloneighbour@yahoo.com.