I think lying is as good as fleeing.
Someone once told me “I am not lying. I just distort the truth to fit the paradoxical reality of the situation I encounter.” Smart kid.
But, I am a hypocrite. I lie too. Though I try to avoid it as much as I can (another lie. I really am a preacher)
Perhaps lying is nothing but fleeing from the truth.
And fleeing from the truth is as good as killing your conscience.
It won’t seem like that at first but then you start to get caught in your web of lies you had spun for others.
“Poor spider. Don’t you worry, I’ll help you out. Why, you ask?
Isn’t the answer simple?
Because no one else will.”