Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies…
The brutal truth is that we all lie. Sometimes it’s a big lie that makes people roll their eyes in the sheer disbelief that you just told such a huge whopper. Sometimes it is just a little lie in order to not insult the person. Other’s lie to gain an advantage over someone. Just watch Big Brother or Survivor to see what I mean. Then there are the infuriating ones that lie even when the lie makes no sense. Yes, the pathological liar, the one person in your life that you would be happy if you never had to talk to them again.
Why do we lie? psychiatrists say that we learn to lie at a very young age.
While measuring lying behaviour in young children through laboratory experiments has its own limitations, previous study results suggest that lying behaviour can be seen in children as young as forty-two months
The ten commandments in the bible says do not lie.
Yep, look at old number nine there. So in keeping with the ten commandments, even little white lies are against God’s will. But we persist in telling them anyways. Just goes to show you that we are not perfect. Some of us are even less perfect than others.
One of my character defects that I learned of when I stopped drinking was that I’m a liar. A great liar in fact, honed by many years of practice. Since then, I’ve made it a point to try not to lie. Yes, occasionally, I’ll tell a little white lie here and there, but as time goes on, I find myself speaking the brutal truth instead. Let me tell you, this can get you into trouble!
Yesterday at work, our security manager came down to the warehouse. As she rounded the corner, all I could think of was Oompa-Loompa!
Okay, to be fair, she didn’t look as hideous as that pic above, but she was wearing a bright yellow shirt with green pants and a zebra jacket. As she is rather chunky too, I couldn’t help but think Oompa-Loompa. At that point, I could have blurted out Oompa-Loompa, but I remembered a sage piece of advice I learned as a kid and probably you did also; If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.
Sad part is, I need to remember that advice more often, especially at work.