Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. The Buddha
These words are depicted in a story of an old monk sitting happily in the sunshine outside his cave when suddenly a beautiful young woman comes running up to him, obviously very scared. “Please,” she cries out, “a man is after me who is going to kill me! Let me hide in your cave!” Without waiting for a reply, she runs in and hides in the darkest corner. A few minutes later a man on a horse comes riding along. He is brandishing a sword and looking very angry as he asks the old monk, “Have you seen a young woman? She was running this way.” Now, the monk was taught never to touch women or to tell a lie. So he calmly says to the man, “What would an old monk like I be doing with a woman?” The man accepts his answer as true and rides off. The monk did not tell a direct lie, but in this way he saved three lives: the woman, himself, and the man who would surely be killed for killing them.
No one is comfortable telling a lie. We usually feel more at ease when what we say is honest and truthful. But, as we see above, there are times when telling a lie, or at least not being entirely truthful, can protect someone’s life.
Christine O’Donnell has vowed never to tell a lie, even if it means harm is caused to another, such as when she was asked on the Bill Maher show in 1998 if she would tell demanding Nazis if she were hiding any Jewish people in her house. O’Donnell refused to even entertain the notion of concealing the truth, because “you never have to practice deception.”
And yet she has, according to recent news, deceived her followers about two colleges she has said she went to. Claremont Graduate University, a school that O’Donnell claims she attended, told Talking Points Memo that they have no record of her being there. She has also said that she attended Oxford University, when she was just a student of a Phoenix Institute course that had simply rented out space at the school.
Along with her other misconceptions and sweeping statements—about masturbation and de-sexing America, or how come monkeys are not evolving into humans—none of this would really matter other than it shows us how deeply deluded O’Donnell really is.