Progress vs Privacy – Tricking or lying to someone in order to achieve a goal – Wilson Chen

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a story of pain and suffer, and a story of a victim that were trucked others fir their own benefit because of her human rights. In the sociality today, people lying to achieve a goal happens frequently. People often lied to others is because to protect themself or other, one of the example may be student telling it’s parents that he/she had completed the homework, by telling the parents the lie that he/she did completed the homework, student is now free (Do anything he/she wants) and complete the homework in his/her spare time. This is a simple lie, and it kind of similar with the case of Henrietta Lacks, is it really worth lying, think about the perspective of the student’s parents.

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
― Soren Kierkegaard

The quote by Soren Kierkegaard explains the truth that Every one of us lives in a lie, for example, the government. Our body would want to make it true but mind and body are never connected. In the story of Henrietta Lacks, who suffers pain, her body isn’t fighting the cancer cell-like what her minds do.

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The last example is the definition of Joker. Everyone is like Joker, inside and outside are different. We always puts our benefit factor at the front. From inside point of view (Mental), some people is to get rich or be popular, some is to get into a good college. While the outside point of view may be Black and white, no future, hope. These two ideas often construct, and most of the time it only occur similar in a file or act. To conclude, we have human rights, we can be, do, whatever we want. But, is lying to others really helping you on the road of success? 

2 thoughts on “Progress vs Privacy – Tricking or lying to someone in order to achieve a goal – Wilson Chen

  1. Hi, wilson, I like how you talk about that people often lie to benefit themselves. Personally I believe that everyone had lied before because lying is a part of human nature. You mentioned that everyone puts their benefit factors at the front, and I totally agree with it. I believe that if you think rationally and plan everything ahead, lying could be one of the useful tool to achieve your goal. However, while you’re getting successful by lying, someone’s right might also be deprived. Therefore, I advocates that there are no fundamental differences between good and bad lies, it’s only changing the people who gets the most benefits. What do you think ?

  2. What lup Wilson. I think the connections you made between progress and privacy and joker is an interesting comparison. The varieties of thinking of trickery are fascinating. But I have a question about your topic. You mentioned in the book, the tactic of trickery is displaced but can you elaborate more? The point of what forms of benefits and what ways of tricking is blurry. Again, the example of the joker is fantastic. The joker is the product of society. It made us different from inside and outside.

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