First, I rejected Niramisa Weiss’s offer to read and her book The Liar. Somehow, I wasn’t interested in April? Was it fear? When the author made The Liar’s Kindle edition free for a short period of time in May, I downloaded and read it in June. Weiss has an important assumption: there is nothing to fear. Nothing bad ever happened. Evil doesn’t exist. The world is illusion. These statements happen to be true but up until now there has only been stark proof to the contrary. The Liar examines these hopeful ideas and provides a clear and definitive argument as to why they must be true.
Think of the labels we put on persons and behaviours. You’re smart, ugly, fat, slim, nerd, dumb, loser, whatever. Nomen est omen is a Latin saying (your name marks you). Well, it’s a lie after all. You can’t limit people to a simple label. The same goes for familiy ties or habits. Your father’s a thief, so you’re one too. We all know your family, so you must be…. Cultural stereotypes, stripped down to plain lies.
Weiss goes on undoing The Liar. Why would your body be everything you are, why would you separate body from soul? What’s so important about gender, relationships and sex? Does one of these define you? Abuse, like in power, manipulation, trafficking, rape and slavery are the fruits of the Liar. Hey, but why label liar with a capital L? Why should the liar get so much attention?
Food’s a perfect example of an industry led by lies. And what’s mental illness? Why are you addicted and not (totally) free? And the Truth shall set you free. Cautious not to promote a Christian point of view here, the author blames a lot of God’s servants that lost the truth. Pedophilia in the Roman Catholic Church, wars fought on religious arguments, and abuse of power in cults, churches and communities. Don’t blame evil (devil, satan, or names other religions call this) for what men do to each other.
If you really undo yourself from lies on all, then you’ll find freedom, so Weiss stipulates. As a Christian I recognize much of this approach, but believe I need help too, because I can’t reach it by myself. That step is lacking in this book, where you’re left out on a soul searching discovery trip. Niramisa Weiss calls God an anchor, but is tapped to the source of Sekinah (sorry, in Dutch) and says having found her inner healing through A Course in Miracles, quite from the Christian perception of Jesus Christ as the Way, Truth and Life. Welcome to the fine line between almost true and true. Adam and Eve were the first having the chance to sort that out, and so are you now.