Believing in False Assumptions

What takes place in the mind when you believe that what you hear or believe is really false or even a lie and yet you continue to believe in the falsehood as the real truth? I guess the thought of moving lies to truth is not totally foreign. It has been going on for centuries. The deception and manipulation of others has gone on right in front of us and yet no one is willing to take a stand against these injustices thrown on individuals.
I am not sure I can do this topic justice. I live in this challenging environment every day. People profess the truth, others believe that truth and yet it is all fabrication, half truths and lies. A friend asked me for my opinion and when I offered my assessment I was told I had other motives for my opinion based on their false assumptions. I was shunned by a support person because she had been told that I was attempting to undermine the organization. I was removed from a process involving my work because of one person’s perceptions of me, while professed to be the truth, we simply have a complex group of lies that really were products of multiple lies and manipulation of the truth or False Assumptions. It is always easier to believe a lie than to stand up for what is the truth. The truth can challenge us and it should. But unfortunately it would appear that rather than take a stand against falsehoods and lies, it just becomes easier to agree with the devil that you know. It never seems to stop. The false information becomes the truth and then that truth destroys lives. These actions and lies do not just impact me but those I work with. This includes my family and those I am close to in work or other aspects of my life.

Throughout my career I have watched individuals create false truths to make themselves look better. These false truths are usually known by the majority of the coworkers to be lies but they still seem to expand and overtake the organization. Within a very short time the builders of these falsehoods are recognized for what they represent and are eventually removed from the organization. The challenge is that it takes far too much time to see the removal and then more time to see a change. Is this about power, control and manipulation of others? Maybe it is just evil showing its ugly face to others. No matter how these lies, half truths and falsehoods become absolute truths, the truth is that “eventually” the organization will suffer the loss of highly qualified people, functional aspects of the organization will collapse and support for the company will fade seemingly overnight. Why, because no one takes a stand against the challenges offered or the lies presented. None of this needs to happen if just one person would take a stand against the lies and move to common sense. This is not the easy road to take but it is the right road.

That is right; this action of believing in lies as being truth can only be stopped when individuals who demonstrate strength of character say that enough is enough. A majority of the working body actually know the real truth by the way. The challenge is in the fear of getting fired and not having a pay check. I have that same level of fear. Yet, it is important to take a stand. For several months I have been making every attempt to challenge this life of lies and manipulation of others. I have stated publicly my disdain for the corruption that filters through every aspect of our day but no direct challenges have been presented back to me. Why? It is simple. Those in charge of these lies and falsehoods do not want to be discovered. As long as they live out their devisive ways unsee or under a cloak of fear they will continue to control the lives of everyone around them. They moved the truth in a variety of directions to protect their corruption and they really do not want anyone to know the truth. If everyone knew how much of a lie they were living every day, then the world created by these couriers of lies would not be able to continue their journey of moving their agenda forward.

The time to stop this madness is now. Just because a person in charge claims a lie to be truth does not mean anyone has to believe it. It is still a lie and everyone should be asking a lot of questions. How did this happen? How do you know this to be true? What evidence do you have that this is the truth? Was this presented to you through direct experience or through a second or third party? All of these questions are valid and need to be addressed before any belief in the “truth” is to be believed. It is ok to challenge those in charge. My staff does this every day and I welcome it. That is unless they are attempting to foster and support the lies and falsehoods developed by others. Then I have a tendency to stand up and question their motives and why they have a desire to believe lies rather than challenge those who profess a “truth” that manipulates others for the gains of one or two.

Stand up, challenge authority when it appears to be self-serving and stop believing the false-assumptions that are created by the power of one person who can impact the outcomes of the organization. I once ask a co-worker if I had ever lied, deceived or manipulated the truth to them. There answer was, “Not that I know of.” I am going to suggest that you make sure you know the truth. Ask questions about the issue. Do not accept anything at face value and if you do this for yourself others will also know the truth verses some fabrication of the truth. This is not easy, life is not easy and the time to take a stand is now….Winning is not about manipulation of what is real in life. Winning is about doing the right thing every time the right way the first time. Do this and others will see it for what it is; truth.

About Jim Jones

Jim received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Human Resource Development and has over 40 years of management experience in 5 different industries. He has consulted for Raytheon, Century 21 and Motorola. He retired in 2005 as the Sr. VP, Human Resources for Trident Health System (an HCA facility). His specialty is talent-based organizational development.. Jim has recently accepted a position with Shorter University as the Associate Vice President for Online and Professional Education. Shorter University's primary campus is located in Rome, Georgia. His role will include the strategic management of online programs for the university to include the College of Adult and Professional Programs located in Rome and Atlanta. Dr. Jones is looking forward to helping change the lives of those he touches every day in the pursuit of excellence in adult education. This includes students, faculty and staff.
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