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Lying

Tell a man that there are 300,000,000,000 stars in the galaxy, and he will believe you. Tell him that a bench has wet paint on it, and he will have to touch it to be sure.
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Lying, in the work sense, is slightly different from lying as the word is usually used, a little more subtle perhaps. Perhaps we might think it is less damaging than what we normally consider as lying, but it is actually more damaging to one personally, as that without working to eliminate it, one can not expect one's personal work on oneself to go far.

Lying, in the usual sense, is generally connected with a feeling of guilt and concealment. One knows one is doing wrong by telling something untrue. Lying in the work sense is often associated with a feeling of vanity, and it's easier to buffer> that no harm is done by it.

By lying, in the work sense, I mean primarily talking about things one does not know, as though one does...

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