I actually took the title of this post from a book I have in my bookshelf. It’s “The Art of Deception” by the legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick. Of course signed by the author. As most of my books are. As once a young hacker myself, I was happy to meet Mitnick a couple of years ago and tell him I signed the petition many years ago on the demand for his release from jail, in the “Free Kevin” campaign. So he is a famous hacker. Well the most dangerous hacker is the one that you never hear about. (A funny side note is he gave me his business card and said: if you’re ever locked up somewhere – just think about me. Looking closer at the business card, i found it was made of metal and had several lockpicks embedded in it).
Well, I am not going to talk about his book, but the topic of this post is about the art of deception. Notice that deception is an art. Like any art, it can not be done well by most people. Even people who proclaim they are artist, sometimes produce things that are rubbish.
The concept of art does fit into my overall philosophy that everything you do, should work towards perfection, and when you organise your life with perfection as your goal, you train in the arts.
So why is deception, trickery and mindgames, such words carry a negative ring to it, important enough to write a book about, or even deserve a blog entry here? To be honest, truth is relative, and the opposite of deception must be the truth, or not?
There is a connection there between deception and truth, and although truth is in the eye of the beholder, because of this link, I can perhaps say with confidence that if you are skilled in the art of deception, you know better to differentiate between true and false.
Let me introduce you to another person that has focused a lot of his career on this art.
Keith Barry gives an interesting presentation about “brain magic” in a video on TED, actually it’s from 2004, and it’s one of the top 15 most watched presentations from TED online.One of the most important things he says in his presentation is: “Because your brains are not trained in the art of deception, the solutions you come up with will 99.5 % of the time be way off the mark.” Link to video: http://www.ted.com/talks/keith_barry_does_brain_magic.html
I’d like everyone who strives towards perfection, such as is the case of Luciferian principles that we strive to be an expression of art in everything we do, to also embrace the art of deception as proof of how the mind of an average person is asleep most of the day – and is vulnerable to a lot of tricks. I also offer this as thought material in the general work to remain mindful of the self, as you may use these flaws to your advantage, while protecting you against that which wants to take advantage of you.