Men Who Lack Conscience

I was struck this week when reading Vayikra, this week’s Torah portion, about the power of words. There we read:

Or when a person utters an oath to bad or good purpose—whatever a man may utter in an oath—and, though he has known it, the fact has escaped him, but later he realizes his guilt in any of these matters—when he realizes his guilt in any of these matters, he shall confess that wherein he has sinned.And he shall bring as his penalty to the Lord, for the sin of which he is guilty, a female from the flock, sheep or goat, as a sin offering; and the priest shall make expiation on his behalf for his sin. (Leviticus 5:4-6)

Can you imagine a time when people took their words so seriously?

This reminds me of a song by Lauryn Hill. It is crazy to realize that is has been almost 20 years  since Lauryn Hill released her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. All of these years later the music and lyrics from this album are still floating around my head. In the song, Forgive them Father she sang:

It took me a little while to discover
Wolves in sheep coats who pretend to be lovers
Men who lack conscience will even lie to themselves
A friend once said, and I found to be true
That everyday people, they lie to God too
So what makes you think, that they won’t lie to you?

Always worth listening to it:

Sadly we are living in a time in which not telling the truth is normative. It is crazy to realize how much our President has no value for his actual words. You must watch Trump exposes Trump.

I do not think that telling the truth is a partisan issue. I am terrified to think how much will be sacrificed.


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