Yes, the lie is incremental. Today, gas is $3.85 a gallon. A year or so ago, it was $2.59 (just a guess, but I'm illustrating a point here). So last week, they raise the price of gas by 25 cents, to $3.89, and everyone shouts in alarm, politicians politicize the whole matter, and everyone ponies up and pays.
But in a few days, the price will fall back to, oh, say $3.50 a gallon, and everyone will rejoice...they only thing is, the price will never again fall below $3.50, but will continue an incremental climb until we come to believe that seeing gasoline at $3.85 is a real blessing, and will never be seen again. The lie now takes precedence to truth...any kind of lie, is to be preferred over any kind of truth. But we do these things at our own peril. For we will not fail, to reap what we've sown.
The problem is the utter absence of an absolute, something objective that is not subject to politics, personal bias, media corruption, big business manipulation, ad infinitum. That is, something that remains the same, regardless of what goes on around us, nationally, even worldwide.
And if we should identify that absolute objective truth or fact, getting everyone to agree to it will be an utter waste of time. Let's just look at the Constitution of the United States. Created to be an absolute, the objective, unchangable law of the land. But it has been under a constant and unending state of assault. Some say, "yes, it is the law of the land, and we must adhere to it", while others say, "it is a living document, and thus, must change with the changing times, mores and values".
So that now, instead of an absolute, an objective truth, the Constitution is an anachronism, something on the way out, a joke for many who were born and raised under its precepts and principles.
For me, the Word of God is the absolute that rises above all else. While the Constitution can and has been corrupted, the Word of God is incorruptible. It is not subjective, it cannot be altered, added too, or subtracted from. Oh yes, the attempts to do that are manifold and serious. But they fail, will always fail, for the Word is incorruptible, the words of an incorruptible God.
God promised He would give to us, that absolute, that objective truth, in the Word,
"Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand. And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:" Amos 7:7-8.
And Peter tells us from whence cometh our own eternal life,
"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." 1 Peter 1:23.
For even our judgment is set alongside the plumbline, the Word, as Isaiah tells us,
"Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet:" Isa 28:17.
And yet, even religion, that which is supposed to save us from these things, disavows the Bible, the Word of God. To oppose the Word is manly, intellectual, brave, and so forth...when in truth, it leads to death on an eternal basis.
I do wish people would just read the bible. They'd find so much of life therein, that their own very lives would be transformed, transformed beyond their wildest imaginations.