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Lies in Naruverse

Post Author: Silver_Uchiha

Naruverse is full of lies and secrets. While secrets may (generally) protect the integrity or security of a person, a clan (kekkei genkai), or a village; lies cause misunderstandings, distrust, and even war or disaster. Sometimes secrets are just almost as bad as lies. The Naruverse isn’t different.

Uchiha’s lies

Konoha lied about the Uchiha massacre. Itachi lied about his motives to wipe out his clan. As a consequence Sasuke was driven to become a run away and dig himself into hatred, despair, and loneliness.

Think of the opposite scenario. If Itachi and Konaha would have been honest, wouldn’t Sasuke have forgiven his beloved brother? I guess yes. Sasuke’s love toward his brother was so great that he would have struggled but in the end he would have forgiven and he would probably live in peace. He could have accepted his brother motives, or disagreed. But he would forgoven him, as he did after leaning the truth. Just look at the current sasuke, he is much angrier because Konoha manipulated Itachi and made him suffer, than because his clan was anihilated.

Sasuke probably would have been uncomfortable in Konoha, and after a while he could have moved to another Village, or like Naruto he could have built bonds in Konoha. But certainly Madara could have never use him if the truth wasn’t buried in the past.

Bad Secrets

It is always better to keep silenet than tell a lie. But sometimes the silence is also bad.. If Naruto’s generation had known the truth about the cruel methods that the Leaf used in the past (what happened to Nagato, what happened to the Uchiha). Naruto and his nakamadas would have had a better chance to dialogue, understand, deal and even forgive Akatasuki and make peace.

If the Hyugas hadn’t hidden the truth about Neji’s dad dead, Neji could have never been a hater as he was. If Hinata’s dad hadn’t told the truth, Neji definitly would have been still lost in hatred right now.

To Lie or not to lie

Sun Tzu declared that “All warfare is based on deception”; while Machiavelli advised the Prince “never to attempt to win by force what can be won by fraud“.

Why do people lie? To avoid punishment, to avoid trouble, to obtain personal gain, to take a shortcut, to hide something that would cause shame, to made us or our family or village to look better,

When politicians and press lie to us, they offened our rights and freedoms, and manipulate our capacity to choose. When common people lie, they could be harming many or only a few, but there are always bad consequences as well.

When we lie, we harm the confidence of our victims, and we lead to severe misunderstandings. For those who are following the tv serie “Heroes” this can be easy to understand, “lies and secretes can drive heroes into becoming villains”, misinformation and loss of trust cause people, even those with good intentions, to do bad things.

Just another example: Think how difficult is to have a relationship with someone who have been victim of lies and cheating. Those boys and girls found really difficult to trust again and can turn our lives into a miserable nightmare due to their fears and jealousy.

Don’t tell me that lies don’t have bad consequences!

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote “What upsets me is not that you lied to me, but that from now on I can no longer believe you.”

I believe there is no such thing as a white lie or noble lie. We all have and probably will lie. But that doesn’t make a  “lie” a good thing and does not change the consequences. Also, the truth always comes out, and it is better to confess than to be discovered making fabrications. To help people to be honest, there is nothing better than forgiveness.

Also, I believe History and facts of daily life, if true, guaranty the knowledge to make every day right decisions. If people lie to us, we can easily make bad decisions by mistake. If we have access to the honest facts we may still become bad people, go to war, and do bad things: but at least chances of goodness and peace are higher.

Konoha and the real world need honesty.

No more lies! No more secrets!

What do you think?

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