Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has gone and done it again. Now he says there was no Holocaust. That’s right – it never happened. The films of those hideous corpses being bulldozed into mass graves in Auschwitz and Dachau – forget about them. It’s just part of a vast Zionist conspiracy to evoke sympathy for Israel.

Likewise, the people who claim to be survivors of the Holocaust are making the whole thing up. They even went to the trouble of tattooing numbers on their forearms to add authenticity to their stories. I tell you, these Zionist conspirators have absolutely no shame. No wonder Jimmy Carter has such revulsion for them.

Now, let’s get real. The main thrust of Ahmadinejad’s strategy to recreate the world in his own image is to employ what has come to be known over the centuries as The Big Lie – the kind of lie that is at the opposite end of the lying spectrum from the relatively harmless Little White Lie.

The Little White Lie might be likened to a neurosurgeon performing delicate brain surgery with a scalpel, while The Big Lie is more like a lumberjack chopping down a huge tree with an ax.

The power of The Big Lie is that it’s so outrageous it is hard to respond to. The Big Lie is a tool used only by high-level, professional liars, as most people are not endowed with the genitalia necessary to employ it without smirking. These professional liars fully understand that when you tell The Big Lie, you can’t be defensive when the facts threaten to expose you. On the contrary, you have to be prepared to feign indignation and immediately go on the offensive.

But there’s something even worse than The Big Lie. There are people on this planet who wear personality masks intended to deceive (as in, O.J. … Kofi … Killer Katie … and the new Hillary). They are, in the words of M. Scott Peck, “People of the Lie.”

A few examples:

  • Famous media personalities at the major networks (“CBS Evening News” might be a good place to start looking) who position themselves as professional commentators while relentlessly pushing their hateful agendas. They are, in fact, People of the Lie.

  • Politicians who cast themselves as saviors of “the little guy” or “the working class.” They are, in fact, People of the Lie.

  • Psychics who employ verbal sleight-of-hand to make gullible and vulnerable people believe they are connecting with their deceased love ones. They are, in fact, People of the Lie.

  • Religious leaders and heads of state who make up revelatory doctrine as they go along in order to twist the minds of the angry and frustrated. They are, in fact, People of the Lie.

People of the Lie are, of course, masters of The Big Lie, because the biggest lie of all is to lie about who and what you really are. People of the Lie will do and say anything to accomplish their ends – which almost always include achieving power over others. In fact, in all too many cases, power is an end. In his book “1984,” George Orwell, through his character O’Brien, underscores this reality when he says:

“Now tell me why we (the Party) cling to power? What is our motive? Why should we want power? … The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. … We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. … The object of power is power.”

As I discussed in my recent Path to Power teleseminar series, the ultimate destructive use of power is force, which is the use of physical or intellectual power to compel or restrain. In bygone days, the civilized world did not hesitate to use overwhelming, retaliatory force to destroy People of the Lie who used brute force against others.

Whether the civilized world still has the moral strength, courage and will to eradicate People of the Lie – such as Ahmadinejad – who now threaten to destroy Western culture remains to be seen. In the meantime, all you and I can do is try to deal effectively with the People of the Lie in our own lives. We can’t (unfortunately) eradicate them, but we can certainly defend against them by being vigilant, well informed and opening our eyes to who and what they are.

This means being candid with ourselves when it comes to recognizing that a person we may want to become involved with is a fraud. If it’s obvious that someone is wearing a psychic mask – trying to represent himself to be someone other than who he really is – don’t try to convince yourself that it’s your imagination.

In my experience, when someone hisses like a snake and crawls like a snake, he is a snake. Further, in every encounter I’ve had with a snake, I came to find that, sooner or later, others were also able to spot the snake under the mask.

‘Tis the season to be merry – but not stupid. By all means, give family, friends and seemingly well-meaning strangers the benefit of the doubt. But when it comes to those whom you suspect to be People of the Lie, benefit of the doubt can be an invitation to a snakebite.

Do you really believe the teller of The Big Lie is going to respond to your presentation of the facts by saying, “Gee, I hadn’t really thought about it that way before. I guess I was wrong.” Forget it. People of the Lie thrive on telling The Big Lie; it’s what they live for.

What I’ve learned through all too much firsthand experience is that the most rationally selfish way to handle People of the Lie is to respond with my feet. Eradication is not an option, but walking away is.

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