Thursday, August 18, 2011
As a student of law, I'm trained to be a skeptic. This is because most of our future clients will most likely lie to us.
We're told from birth lying is bad. Constantly. This is demonstrated in the fairy tale story of Pinocchio, where his nose grows every time he utters a lie. Those cliche sayings such as, "The truth will set you free" and "The truth always comes out anyway" are some other examples where it's drilled into our heads that lying is bed. Even the law will whack us a fine, or even gaol time if we've misconstrued the truth in any shape or form.
However, when it comes to avoiding trouble, or sparing someone's feelings, many will find themselves lying to save themselves. We lie with much abandonment. Even Hollywood would go broke if people didn't lie. Just go to the cinemas and chances are, plots are based on deceit of some form.
The fact is lying is a necessity. We're taught from an early age by our parents to protect someone else's feelings. Like telling Uncle Ned he looks fine in his bathers, when really his stomach hanging over his bathers like a sore eye.
So why do we do it? Because the truth hurts. The pain of hearing a news that you didn't want to hear, even sends the innocent to lie.
No matter how hard we try to ignore or hide from a situation or a person, the lies eventually fall away. Whether we like to believe or not, the truth about the truth? It hurts. That's why we lie.
Posted by Five Foot Nothing at 5:27 PM