Why should one tell the truth if it's to one's advantage to tell a lie?
Fundamentally, the question was not whether one should, on all occasions, tell the truth, but rather whether one had an overriding obligation to be true - whether, despite the pressures to do otherwise, one should insist on being oneself.
Just improve yourself, that is all you can do to improve the world.
The question he had asked himself at the age of eight was answered by a kind of Kantian categorical imperative: one should be truthful, and that is that; the question 'Why?' is inappropriate and cannot be answered. Rather, all other questions must be asked and answered within this fixed point - the inviolable duty to be true to oneself.
‘the male lives consciously, the female lives unconsciously’......Ethically, women are a lost cause.
This applies to the love of a man as well.
The love of a woman, though it can arouse in a man some hint of his
higher nature, is, in the end, doomed either to unhappiness (if the truth
about the woman's unworthiness is discovered) or to immorality (if
the lie about her perfection is kept up).