I lie to tell the truth. My actions may contrive, but my intention is to speak clearly and honestly through those actions. Creative work never lies; it’s always authentic to itself. That it might invent tales to reveal deep truths about reality is beside the point. You may tell falsehoods in a story, but if the story successfully misleads an audience, the story itself…it’s true.
Truth, in its many forms, therefore becomes a cultural obligation, and that obligation must be demonstrated and nurtured first and foremost by the most creative people in the group.