As kids, we’re told, time and again, that lying is wrong. Do you believe that’s always true? In your book, are there any exceptions?
Everybody lies. It’s that simple, and if anybody tells you that they’re not a liar… is lying.
As a kid, I was always taught that it was wrong to lie, and that you should always tell the truth, however, after observing others around me, I soon realised that lying is really a technicality – it’s technically only lying if you say something that isn’t true.
If you say nothing, then you’re actually not lying, because you’re saying nothing, instead of saying something that isn’t true – so I guess that makes it more of an omission or withholding of information.
However, we lie all the time, but most of the time it’s the little white-lies that always seem so harmless. Daily gems like ‘Of course I can’, ‘It’s no trouble at all’, ‘I’d love to’, ‘Not a problem’, ‘I’ve got something on’ are things that we all say to each other, because if we were to tell the truth, it would upset the other person, or we would get into trouble.
And nobody likes getting into trouble.
But I think that those are the only exceptions to the rules, because once you start telling bigger lies, they’ll eventually catch up to you and you’ll be found out, and then the result will potentially be even worse, especially if it’s been going on for quite some time.