Thoreau also wrote that “It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” And he also wrote a piece of wisdom about engaging in bad activities. He wrote, ““When it comes to the solution to scheme out of evil, simply, it is best not to start”. What Thoreau is saying here is similar to the words, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” By Sir Walter Scott.
What I draw from these quotations is that wise people do not do things in a desperate way. It is the young and foolish who find themselves in desperate situations either due to their recklessness or their selfishness and their impatience. Thoreau is saying that wise people can take things easier by engaging in activities slowly and methodically, with mindfulness. Doing things in a hurried way always leads to greater problems.
Remember when you told a white lie? You end up having to tell a hundred more lies to make up for the lie you just told. It is far better not to start. There was a funny quote from a movie I saw called Glengary Glen Ross, where the actor Al Pacino exhorted, “Just tell the truth, it is the easiest thing to remember”. And this has wisdom in it. If you lie, you end up having to remember all the lies that you uttered before, and surely you will stumble and become caught with lying. Doing so disturbs your own confidence because you lied and now people will not trust you. And you have to keep in your memory all the lies that you have to continue to spread in order to keep the game going.
It is a fruitless task. Just tell the truth in everything that you do, and your life will become much easier, and you’ll get much better sleep as well! The last quote which is in the same category is that when you are dishonest and lack integrity, you weave a tangled web in which you will become trapped in yourself. Just like a fly trapped in a spider’s web, you must understand that you created the web by yourself, and the spider rushing to get to you is the hands of Justice and Truth. As Numbers 32:23 points out, “Be sure that your sin will find you out”. There is no way lies can hold up for long. The cliché, “The truth will always come out”, is absolutely true. Don’t every lie in the first place.