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No Blessing from Lie

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823hoaxI remember being first introduced to hoax chain letter early in my elementary school days. Far from being restricted to childhood play, the ancient concept of pass-it-on-or-else continues to fool adults in hoaxes ranging from dangerous life-ruining pyramid schemes to silly internet memes such as this one that crossed my laptop today. All have in common a threatened curse (or at least grave opportunity loss) if ignored and a promised blessing if accepted.

Some like to pretend that absolutes do not exist. That truth is relative. That each person gets to make up their own truth. Reality is not nearly so casual.

This Internet meme is absolutely false. More to the point: it is a lie. Not a mistake. It is a lie.

Equally absolute: no blessing comes from any lie. Blessing comes only through truth. If anyone who knowingly relies on a lie avoids dire consequences, they do so only by accident or by the grace of God. Anyone who relies on a lie without knowing it to be a lie takes a risk, especially when it is so easy to determine the truth.

And there is no such thing as a harmless lie. Perhaps the malicious harm hidden behind lies such as those in pyramid schemes is more immediate and potentially lethal, but no lie is without consequences.

So obvious a lie . . .

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2 August 2015 at 5:46 pm

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A Never-Quitting Song

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A good lead from a good friend, music that goes on and on long after the video watches it off into the horizon, like a true love never ceasing. I may have only one out of every twenty channels still on upstairs since my shenanigans, but one of those sounds a lot like this. Or maybe like the natural log of negative one, divided by this . . . .

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8 January 2015 at 9:59 am

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Daily Hit of DailyLit

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My initial false impression that they might attempt to feed something like War and Peace via 140-character clips was more hilariously crazy than even the wildest of my spreadsheet’s fantasies. And no, I won’t bother using the real trick, receiving links to literary installments on my cell phone via Twitter.

But I’ll thank Twitter’s blog for introducing me to DailyLit, from which I’m now using an RSS feed to read Dostoyevsky‘s The Idiot.

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Written by macheide

13 July 2008 at 3:45 pm

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Would This Be A Poster Child for Pica?

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Snake Golf Dinner

1/3/2007 (or 2008, according to the URL and recent traffic) – “[A]n Australian carpet python has gorged itself on golf balls, as seen in this … x-ray released today.” [National Geographic]

There just has to be a golf joke in that somewhere. Or a morale for us all.

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Written by macheide

7 January 2008 at 8:25 pm

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Jumbo Mistake

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I rarely waste time and effort on websites that aren’t worth further notice, but jumbo is so disgustingly bad that it almost warrants jotting down a note just in the unlikely event that I find a website that is worse. As bad as some of the junk out there is, I doubt I could find much if anything worse.

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21 November 2007 at 7:57 pm

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be prepared

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11 February 2004 at 1:08 pm

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More Palm Wandering

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11 February 2004 at 10:54 am

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