I was reading an article the other day and the authors wrote: “Lies can not hurt you.” I didn’t comment after seeing it was an inspirational blog. But I wondered where does that person lived where lies told on you can not harm you? Had they never heard of the Salem Witch Trials, Emmet Tills, or the hundreds of criminals cases where innocent people being executed based solely on lies?
People have lied so much on others until it make it hard for anyone to get justice nowadays without providing concrete proof a crime took place. Pathological liars have discredited everyone.
When I read things like this it reminds me of a movie I saw a number of years ago starring Brendan Fraser and Jamie Lee Curtis where he played a child raised in a 1960’s I think, bomb shelter and his parents one day decided to let him out to roam the streets. I don’t remember the full details of the movie. But anyone the boy had a legitimate reason for believing everyone was nice. He was raised in a bomb shelter. He didn’t know any better.
Like for example, John Procter, having fathered 18 children by 3 different women and having affairs and was a successful business man didn’t make him a warlock. I guess by today’s standard he would be called a lady’s man. He was an attractive man with money. Or the slave woman named Tituba who was lied on by the children she raised. Both of these people died for the lies told on them.
Of course, I understands that the person may had been referring to killing a person’s view of themselves or self esteem. Like the childhood nursery rhyme, “Stick and stones may break my bones but your words shall never hurt me.”