Lie to me
Give me your flattery
Because its obvious I don’t want the truth
I prefer to be bound
Because I can’t handle being free
So lie to me
– Derek J. Murphy
These words were inspired by a series of events that caused me to search my own heart. I discovered that it is easy to be sucked into a world of fantasy, where reality was not welcomed. Reality carries too much responsibility and many of us will retreat into illusions, where we will settle for flattery instead of facts. To flatter someone is to praise them insincerely and excessively (dictionary.com). Why do many of us avoid the truth and embrace flattery?
First of all, praise feels good! I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that everyone wants to be spoken of well. On the other hand, no one likes the feeling criticism brings, even when it is constructive. So in our attempt to avoid criticism, we fall prey to flattery.
Ever wonder why men, in particular, frequent strip clubs and brothels? Because that woman is paid to be interested in what ever that man is interested in for whatever time they are together? You really think she likes shaking her butt in his face (or countless other unmentionable things)! No! He wants to be lied to. So we have perpetuated a generation of men that seek out “stripper girls” and women that are so desperate for their attention, they look and act like “stripper girls”. I heard a song on the radio the other day and the lady says she’s gonna hit the club tonight and “dance like a stripper.” I’m sure if the stripper were honest, she wouldn’t dance like that if she felt she had other options.
I feel like I’m rambling, but this is the sentiment of my heart nowadays. We need to come out of the fantasy world, and learn that what we see on-screen or in magazines aren’t real people.
“And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:4 (KJV)
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