Speaking Point: Have you ever ready a story about a politician running for office, traveling the country, telling his/her story, with claims of Military Honors that seem to cap off a stellar resume, only to find out that they lied about the honors, or worse, had never been in the military at all?
It’s a strange feeling, wondering why... why would this person have to add such "extras" to their life story?
We are often puzzled by these sorts of embellishments and downright lies, but we really shouldn’t be.
They are and will be on the rise for generations to come.
Speaking Point: Our culture has morphed into a "success at any and all cost" society, where we are so focused on the outcome of winning, that how we get there doesn’t hold the same standard it once did.
Speaking Point: As long as we are solely focused on outcome and have no real standard for the integrity of the process, then we, as a culture, will become more and more comfortable creating a "picture" for the world to see, regardless of the truth.
Speaking Point: Children today are being raised to believe that their truth is not good enough unless it culminates in a successful outcome. So, at a very early age, children learn the art of "branding" themselves...creating the illusion of truth, if truth itself doesn’t feel good enough.
Speaking Point: Many other areas of society today beyond the military support this phenomenon….Look at the online dating culture. Many men and women lie on their profiles in order to present a brand of themselves that is "better" than the truth. They declare interests or facts about themselves that just aren't true.
Speaking Point: Whether it’s a posted picture from 10 years earlier, or declaring a weight or height that is a few pounds lighter and a few inches taller, the intention is to create a better "truth" than the one based in reality.
Speaking Point: Until, we as a culture recognize that the pressure we put on ourselves to "succeed" or "win" creates desperate feelings that diminishes our value of the truth of who are; we will continue to hear about the war hero that never went to war!