On Duplicity

I had a request to write an entry about duplicity. I had a long talk with a friend about it the other day. First, let’s define duplicity as being deceitfulness. I tend to face a lot of duplicity from 1’s, 2’s, and 3’s. It is really frustrating because sorting the lies from what little truths there are becomes lots of work.

I think sometimes people are deceitful unintentional and out of their own ignorance. People lie to you because they’ve been lied to themselves. They don’t know they are progressing a lie because to them it is the truth. Such examples of this is religion and factory farms. With religion, the main idea is a good thought that is to love one another and get along. However, with so much dogma the original message is distorted. Hate and bigotry is the result. People not following what they should preach. With factory farms, people like to believe their meat comes from happy farms when the reality is quite different. They might tell their children the animals have a good life because they believe that the animals do. They aren’t out to hurt anyone with their lies because to them it is the truth.

Other times, people are deceitful for personal gain. They present an image or a front that’s not true to be perceived a certain way to gain certain privileges. It could be for a job or personal reasons. For example, a homosexual might stay in the closet due to not wanting to lose their heteronormaltive status. They might date the opposite sex even marry someone to keep up appearances. The problem with that is that everything you do becomes acting and based off lies. Once you start with one lies, to keep it going, there’s other lies. Before you know it, you are living a lie. You lose sense of self for what seems like a big gain to the person involved. These people are deceitful because they can not even be honest with themselves.

Sometimes people are deceitful due to peer pressure. Someone might be a nice person on their own, but with friends around they act like a jerk. It’s what expected of them to be “cool” and “fit in.” They play the role of the bully, to the detriment of themselves and those involved.

I’ve only been guilty of being deceitful out of ignorance. I think I gave someone wrong directions in New York City a few weeks ago because I didn’t know which way the street they were looking for was – I did add an “I think” due to not being sure but they followed my guidance. I hope they didn’t get lost.

When I was in six grade, I somehow fell into the popular crowd. I don’t really remember how but they liked me. These girls were so much drama. It was ridiculous. They would backstab each other all the time, gossip, and do all sorts of horrible things that I never took part in. I didn’t want to ditch them because I didn’t want to be alone and not have friends. I was unhappy with the situation. For me, the breaking point was when they tried to make fun of a nerd for brushing their teeth in the bathroom after lunch because they had braces. It was one thing when they would pick on each other – because they were friends (I guess), it was another thing to harass a stranger for being different. I stood up to the group and told them it wasn’t cool to pick on people and to stop. Shortly after that, I got tired of their games and stopped hanging out with them. I went and hung out with the nerds because they were nice people.

I think in order for people to stop being deceitful to themselves and others it takes education and strength to be yourself. Act up and do what’s right even if it is the hardest thing to do. That’s how I try to live my life. If I mess up, I try to make amends if I can. Being a master of yourself isn’t about being perfect – it’s about accepting your imperfections and being willing to change to fix mistakes. It’s about not being afraid to say I was wrong or I’m sorry.

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3 Responses to “On Duplicity”

  1. Pythos Says:

    I totally agree with your premise.

    However it is very hard when you have lived the lie, hid aspects of your self, that harm no one (I fall into the crossdresser category, though I far more prefer androgynous)
    Our homophobic society would label me homosexual, or mentally disturbed (because I have the audacity to don a skirt instead of jeans, and hose instead of briefs). The later can end up making me never make it in my chosen profession (aviation), due to the harm it would do to the image of the industry (yet adulterous pilots, promiscuous flight attendants, and incompetent management does less than me showing up in a smart skirt with my normal uniform)
    That is what causes people to live a dual and deceitful life, the reactions of those in charge of their livelihood. I so wish we humans would stop being so stupid, and quit judging on stuff that in the end does not really matter

    • Jess Five Says:

      Nothing is ever going to change if people don’t challenge the way things are. I personally would never go into a field that would make me hide aspects of myself. We all have choices to make in life and it isn’t up to anyone to judge if they are right or wrong – we all do what’s best for ourselves in the end, in theory anyways.

  2. Pythos Says:

    When I got into aviation, I thought your ability to fly was based on your brain, and well, your ability to fly an aircraft without serious personal harm.
    It has only been later on the course I learned I can possibly have my reputation ruined by some closed minded biggot in the federal government.
    I have put too much into my flying to have some A-hole ruin me for something so unimportant to flying as my personal style.

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