The Cost of Speaking the Truth

E.J. Levy:

Truth takes its toll. While lies may fuel conflict, wars are almost always fought in the name of truth, that unbending tool of the ideologue, the tyrant. Set aside the smug certitude of that word and most campaigns would crumble. Without truth on our side or its proxy, God, whom could we justify killing?

“Of Liars,” in After Montaigne, p. 13