It is interesting to me these days how people these days can lie about what they said or what they did when what they said and did is on video tape. The recent releasing of Ray Rice video prompting the NFL to suspend him indefinitely shows the power video now has in society but more importantly shows something about humanity that I find very interesting. Despite the fact that we know we are in a public place with video cameras we still think we can two things – break the law and not get caught and lie and get away with it. We still try to do what we want and say falsehood and get away with it even though we know what we did is probably on film.
Most recently as an example Barak Obama when his decision to remove troops from Iraq was questioned responded that it hadn’t really been his decision to leave. This of course prompted his opponents to pull out campaign footage from 2012 where he absolutely takes the credit for the decision to pull troops out of Iraq as keeping his campaign promises. The real question these days is how Barak or any other politician these days thinks they can get away with this kind of stuff when there is video and audio tape aplenty and it is archived and has an index somewhere where someone can easily find it. You are not only being watched but recorded and you just need to take responsibility for what you did and said.
Ray Rice and Barak are not the only ones who need to recognize the reality of this new world we live in where to deny something when you are on record as to having said it or done it is folly. No amount of spin doctoring can really overcome this problem and it is the New Transparency that is forcing public figures and politicians into the light more than they probably want to be. The problem I see is that despite this the answer seems to be still to lie about it which does not work that well anymore. This is especially odd because people actually admire people who say they are wrong when it comes to light than people who adamantly try to maintain a lie. It just weird to me because my philosophy of how to handle this is so different.
If one has a lifestyle where there is nothing to be ashamed of or one always speaks based on one’s convictions rather than what is politically or personally expedient, then the video tape tells that story too. The Christian ethic is to live ones life knowing that God is always watching and to walk your walk with him in such a way that when your life is reviewed in heaven there is nothing on the tape that one has to retract or explain by lies. As much as this new transparency may be disturbing from a Big Brother point of view it is also forcing a change in the politicians do politics and public figure handle their lives that is very much like being watched by God but in a much more limited sense. If there is video tape, don’t lie about it, just deal with it. If you were wrong, just fess up to it.