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As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral...

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie.

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Number of Pages: 47

ASIN: B00G1SRB6Q


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"Lying" by @SamHarrisOrg We all know lying is bad, yet we still do it. This book will convince you to lie as little as possible. Why? Every lie is harmful, even white ones. If you want to become a more honest and authentic version of yourself, read this book.

I read this book when I was about three years sober, and I still had a lot of work to do. This short book without a doubt helped me become a better person and adjust my thinking around lying. It’s been about seven years, and I decided to give it another read, and it’s still a fant...

I read this book when I was about three years sober, and I still had a lot of work to do. This short book without a doubt helped me become a better person and adjust my thinking around lying. It’s been about seven years, and I decided to give it another read, and it’s still a fantastic book that I recommend everyone read.

My one critique of this book now that I’m reading it again is that this book is too short to do the topic justice. I now have a lot more knowledge about morality, lying, psychology, and other topics, and there’s a lot that this book doesn’t cover. Most importantly, it doesn’t cover self-deception and how we lie to ourselves. There are more and more books coming out about “useful delusions” and a variety of great arguments about how they help us cope with life or give ourselves courage and more. This book covers a vary narrow scope of the topic, and I really wish Sam would write a new, longer book. He covers some of these topics on his podcast, but with his views on the topic, he would definitely have enough material to write a book on the topic.

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