A fraud hurts both your wallet and your soul.

A fraud hurts both your wallet and your soul.

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I do not normally review movies, but Matt Damon’s Promised Land really left me so touched that I find it absolutely impossible to keep quiet. The movie had an open ending, which is usually not too popular with the audience, but in my opinion it does not really matter, what happens with the leases signed with the objective to sell farm land to the gas company.

Steve is the main character, so beautifully portrayed by Matt Damon, who comes to a village of farmers in order to get them to sign the leases. During the happenings in the village he transforms from a »normal« gas company negotiator to a hero, who in the end stands up for the less powerful group of people – the farmers. He tells them the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, showing a rare virtue in our crazy world.

In the old days you could call it a white lie not to tell the inhabitants of the drilling (fracking) land of the possibility of accidents, so they would not worry. Nowadays anyone can »google it« and thus, in my opinion, full disclosure is the only feasible tactics.

In addition to that, the gas company should pay the poor farmers more for their land due to the statistics of accidents during the fracking process. Thus this might never have been a white lie, not even before the internet.

There is a thin line between a real lie and a white lie. It is not always easy to decide. But if we listen to our hearts, it gets easier. Ask the main character Steve!

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

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