Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lies

It's said that the average person lies three time in every ten minutes.

That's a lot of lies.

Or not.

If you really think about it, you quickly realize how much we require lies to function as a society.

Of course, it could just be that I am sitting here watching The Invention of Lying right now. The somewhat amusing premise of the movie is that the world is full of people incapable of lying. No one, no how lies. Ever.

Imagine what the world would really be like if that was the case. Scary, really.

If people asked you how you were, you'd have to tell them. For real. Without sugarcoating or hiding behind fines and okays.

If someone wanted to know what you thought of their new haircut, good lord, you'd have to be honest. You couldn't just say that it looked great while you secretly made a mental note never ever to go to that salon again.

If someone offered you cake at a party and you tried to tell them no, that you didn't really want it because you were on a diet or whatever, you'd instead be cramming that delicious combination of sugar and butter into your mouth. Because you know you want it.

If people asked you to do them a favor and watch their rotten little demon children, you'd really tell them no. And then you'd tell them why.

On a larger scale, we would really know what happens in our government, and those around us. We'd know who did what to who and why.

We'd have answers to all the questions asked by conspiracy theories.

Our history books would actually contain history, rather than the version of events that the writers thought best, or the school board approved of.

The world would be a very different place, that is for sure.

In a twisted way, as this movie points out, lies help our society run a little smoother.

1 comment:

  1. This is interesting. It's factual and twisted, like you say. Most of us are brought up as students of telling "the truth" because lies snowball and get us into trouble. LOL At the same time, we are brought up on lies. Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Manners, now that's what I thought of instantly. Pleases and Thank You's, fine but...we don't want to be rude, eat the gross-out liver and onions your friend's mother made...practice the religion you were born into, no matter your views...sell that used car no one should GIVE away. Whoa nothing would be the same. Nothing would be corrupt because everything would be. Choices would be precious and few, as well as variety. Relationships, would they exist? What or who would stand out without fantasy? Why bother without pleasant fluff once in awhile? Eeew, I say lie to me. Please. :)

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