A little white lie and a big black sky. 


Listening to the song ‘Time Go’ by Caught a Ghost, I suddenly started wondering, was there ever a tale, told to kids on many different occasions and in many different places, which said that the stars up in the sky are not Gods or your loved ones who are now dead, but instead, are the lies which we speak on a daily basis. A sky in which each shining star accounts for each lie we speak to others and to ourselves as well. Because, let’s face it, lying to one’s own self is much more dangerous than lying to a different person, as by doing this, which is, the act of lying to one’s own self, not only do we unknowingly prove ourselves to be weak but also cheat our own conscience by convincing it that there was no lie spoken to begin with and hence no sin committed. And this in turn proves that there will never come a time where, a person who lies to himself, will ever commit a sin. 

The way we lie to our own conscience is tragically beautiful in it’s own way, in just that tiny, precise moment, where we realise that what we are doing is wrong, we lie to our own conscience, convince it, bend our morals, and exactly in the next moment– the little white lie becomes an illusionary truth. And thus keeps our conscience clean. And as the “wise men” of the society say, ‘everything we do is right until our conscience is clean’, we deem ourselves in the good club. And just like on a beautiful night, maybe these illusionary truths are the clouds which cover up the little white lies in the sky of the mind, and just like the clouds pass, won’t these white lies too come back, at least once in a while, to haunt the liar? Won’t the conscience, like the winds, blow the clouds away?

This word, ‘Conscience’, is the reason for us being where we are today as a species, the supreme species which are above everything else that moves or lies still on this planet. This word is our greatest friend and also our greatest enemy. It is our greatest weapon and also the chink in our armour. Great things have been achieved when the conscience of the men responsible has been truly clean, where deeds have been done for the greater good, similarly, grave things have been committed where the men responsible have lied to their own self, considering their doings for the greater good.

Humanity is too heavily depended on an illusion called religion, which too is a manifestation of the liar who lied to his conscience in order to escape his own inner torment. That is the main purpose of religion, it helps folk to escape from their inner torment, the torment which their conscience unleashes upon them. The Gods of the religion have been manufactured to act as a portal of escape. Didn’t study for an exam? The examiner should pass you out. Pray. The girl you were in a relationship with has now moved on and is with someone else? Why, she’s a slut, religion says a girl has to stick with one man all her life. Had a girl child for the third time? Your wife is cursed, the alignment of her stars has gone all haywire. And there are a million other religious dogmas which we live in and into which there is no need to go into for the length of this article will increase infinitely.

And when I write the word ‘religion’ I write it to indicate the fake instructions and manuals and dogmas which have been defined as something called a religion. The true meaning of the word ‘Religion’ is very simple, it is a way to live life, and to live it rightly, that is the only truth there is about that word.

This act of lying to one’s own self and imagining that what we do is right, at least from our own point of view, is one of the greatest and gravest diseases there is in humanity. It is not a gift of nature but a curse which humanity has cursed upon itself. And the need for the eradication of this disease, of which the chances are very bleak, still is important. Imagine a sky in your mind, free of all the little white stars of lies, completely dark, imagine this darkness to be beautiful, because, at the end of the day, it is also true, that darkness is the sole reason that we enjoy and appreciate living in the light. And once the sky in our minds is completely clean, the sunrise the next day would be truly divine.

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