words, while powerful, are oftentimes misused. where we think we're saying one thing, the truth is we're actually saying something altogether different. this language…this english language is duplicitous, convoluted. one could gander at intent. intentionally intentional.

if you do not know what you're looking for, how can you find it? if you do not know what you're giving utterance to, do you really have any idea of the spell you've cast or the power you've abdicated?

here's a word assigned much power and uttered almost daily—believe. yet nothing is as it seems. hidden in plain sight are two foundational words: 'belie' and 'lie'.

belie [bih-lahy]

  1. to show to be false; contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice.

  2. to misrepresent: The newspaper belied the facts.

  3. to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one's ancestry, one's faith, etc.).

  4. Archaic. to lie about; slander.

lie [lahy] noun

  1. a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.

  2. something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture: His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one.

  3. an inaccurate or false statement; a falsehood.

  4. the charge or accusation of telling a lie:


  1. to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive.

  2. to express what is false; convey a false impression.

research 've' and the findings further illuminate.

for me, the word 'believe' always tasted wrong. tasted contrary to its definition. much like many other words, ie 'black'. one thing i've come to realize in the last decade is even if you don't, won't or cannot see it, the truth is always there.

at most, the word 'believe' is the step before another . . . a gateway, if you will.


definitions courtesy of dictionary.com
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