Since their conception, emotions have been one of the most defining characteristics humans have assigned to themselves. While dolphins, other primates, and, more recently, computers have been found to have levels of intelligence rivalling humanity’s, how they’ve felt about it has remained more or less unique. Though they are often considered one of man’s greatest strengths, emotions are also a method of entry for manipulation attempts from other people. An excellent source for examples of this is The Aeneid. Written over two millennia by the Roman poet Virgil, The Aeneid is filled with a wide range of human emotions and situations in which they influence people’s decisions.
In Ericsson’s essay she wrote about why lying threatens to become a “cultural cancer”. To explain why we lie, she tells us about different types of lies, and how they can still be harmful despite having good intentions. Ericsson is correct that lying threatens to become a “cultural cancer”. Lying threatens to become a “cultural cancer” because it can lead people going to a wrong direction. It can turn statements into excuses that can help people manipulate others.
Today our world is up 24 hours a day. It is transparent with blogs and social networks broadcasting the buzz of a whole new generation of people who have made a choice to live their lives out in the public. It is astonishing that on any given day people lie to us about 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lies are subtle and counterintuitive. In her speech, How to spot a liar, Pamela Meyer presents some insight into the science behind why we lie, whom we lie to, and most importantly, how to seek out the truth and develop trust. Furthermore, she adds that over-sharing is not honesty and that our manic tweeting and texting can blind us from the subtleties of human decency, character, and integrity.
The TV series “Lie to me” aired in 2009 on the FOX channel and very soon earned a good reputation not only among general audience but either psychological specialist. The Pilot episode was seen by 12.3 million people around the world.  However, it is not a typical “mass market” kind of serial and moreover was based on the book by Paul Ekman, psychology professor from University of California. Main idea is concentrated about a specialist, Cal Lightman, who is able to reach the truth through body language and facial expressions of any given person. With the help of Lightman’s method, specialists are able to understand much more, literally from one blink, or a muscle movement, than a detective after a precise inquiry.
Deception is a recurring theme throughout the novel. The Greeks used numerous tricks and lies when telling their famous myths. Stories such as Europa, Odysseus and Polyphemus, and the legendary Trojan war exemplify the trickery among the gods and goddesses, heroes, monsters, and mortals. In the story of a beautiful maiden, Europa, Zeus fell in love with her because Aphrodite and Cupid shot him in the heart with an arrow of love.
Benjamin Franklin wrote Poor Richard’s Almanack, which consisted of wise aphorisms, or sayings. “Honesty is the best policy” is one of his sayings that is universally recognized and encouraged. This phrase signifies the importance of being a moral and truthful person Honesty is an important and admirable characteristic that a person can have. A situation in which one must be honest occurs on a day-to-day basis. However, today it seems that lying is a more common alternative that is incorporated in lives because it is the easy way out.
Compassion plays an important role in our daily lives. It allows us to show love to others through acts of kindness. Anyone can demonstrate compassion, but true Christians show it the best. Mark 6:34 says, “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.”
Everyone desires happiness. How can we all obtain this? By being compassionate, we all have to be more self-less and show more compassion for others. What is compassion? Compassion is someone showing caring feelings or sympathy for others.
Compassion is an act. It can be shown in many different ways. Compassion can be used towards anyone, whether it’s a family member or a complete stranger. When a person shows compassion to someone else, they show sympathy. People do this to show that they care about what the other person is going through.
As Norodom Sihanouk once said, “Time will inevitably uncover dishonesty and lies; history has no place for them.” “It’s the Truth: Americans Conflicted About Lying” states that lying is mostly unjustified, especially regarding certain subjects. “Rejecting All Lies: Immanuel Kant” also mentions that lying at all is a sin, and that being truthful is not only a necessity, it is a moral duty. Furthermore, “Brad Blanton: Honestly, Tell the Truth” states that lying hurts, and even breaks, relationships and is very stressful and time-consuming. It is important to always tell the truth since lying can cause distrust in relationships and is wholly unjustified, a lie will always end up hurting someone or even the liar themself, and while many believe