OMISSION: The act of omitting; neglect or failure to do something required by propriety or duty.
- The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil. ~Plutarch
- Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
- While we lack recollection of our pre-mortal life, before coming to this earth all of us understood definitely the purpose of our being here. We would be expected to gain knowledge, educate ourselves, train ourselves. We were to control our urges and desires, master and control our passions, and overcome our weaknesses, small and large. We were to eliminate sins of omission and of commission, and to follow the laws and commandments given us by our Father. ~Spencer W. Kimball
PROPRIETY: The quality or state of being proper; suitableness to an acknowledged or correct standard or rule; consonance with established principles, rules, or customs; fitness; appropriateness; as, propriety of behavior, language, manners, etc.
- “A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.” ~ Marcus Fabius Quintilian
- “Straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness.” ~ Confucious
- “Study first Propriety: for she is indeed the Pole-star.” ~ C.S. Calverley
- “Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles, and kindnesses, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.” ~ Humphrey Davy
- “Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” ~ Robert E. Lee
- “Duty is ours; results are God's” ~ John Quincy Adams
And finally, let's see what pole-star means -
POLE-STAR: A guiding principle.
- “He who governs by his moral excellence may be compared to the Pole Star which abides in its place while all other stars bow towards it.” ~ Proverb
Omission is not just a lie, it's a way of life. It's a personality trait that most often permeates every nuance of the omitter's life. Unfotunately, it doesn't occur by accident or on occasion; it's an habitual and chosen method of dealing with issues and people. And equally unfortunate is the reality that some never get used to it, never understand it, don't even see it coming and always believe that things will change.
Omission is one of the most damaging forms of deception. It hurts everyone, because no one ever really knows the whole truth - only parts of it - so they are left with only half-truths. And yet, the omitter walks away embracing an undeserved self-justification, because in their contorted way of thinking - truth was told - just not all of it.
Jonathan Roy "Lies"