I have been thinking about integrity and honesty, and frankly should humanity even continue, but that is another thread. In my thinking, I keep coming back to the same question: How much or little cheating is enough? Or stated another way?
How much of a lie makes you a liar?
How much cheating do you have to do to be a cheater?
How much do you need to steal for you to be considered a thief?
How much infidelity do you need to be considered an adulterer?
How much fraud to you need to commit for it to be criminal?
How much of the truth needs to be changed for it to be untrue?
How much shit exactly, does something need to have to be considered a shit sandwich?
How dead must a person be to be considered murdered?
How pregnant do you have to be to be considered pregnant?
OK, the last two were off topic but the answer is “any”..
Any amount of lying makes you a liar.
Any amount of cheating makes you a cheater.
Any amount of stealing makes you a thief.
Any amount of infidelity makes you an adulterer.
Any amount of fraud makes it a crime.
Any amount of untruth makes it false.
These are step functions: it is either 100% or 0%. There is no scale to truth, honesty, integrity, character, or fidelity. These are virtues and you either possess them or you do not. To paraphrase Yoda, “You are or you are not, there is no middle.” To accept a little fraud, lying, cheating, and stealing is to accept a lot.
So, you see if there were any lies, cheating, stealing, or fraud in the past election, it makes the whole election false, untrue, and bogus. Essentially, any amount of shit makes it a shit sandwich inedible except for the ones who want to force it down our throats. So, those people who keep lying, cheating, stealing, and have no integrity need to have a “come to Jesus” meeting real soon with the consequences of their actions.
Two quotes come to mind, both by Benjamin Franklin, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters,” and “We gave you a Republic, if you can keep it.” So, as you can see by letting this situation stand we are no longer a virtuous people and neither deserve freedom nor a Republic. Instead we are now lead by masters intent on keeping us in pens and cages. For me, there is some shit I shall not eat.