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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Uncommon Sense - Lies

A lie is "an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker to be untrue with intent to deceive" in Merriam-Webster's dictionary.

Well, I have a lot of questions.

While this definition is accurate and concise, it is somewhat incomprehensive. What about concealing the truth? Isn't that lying? Isn't that done to deceive others? What about simply pretending not to know a certain fact?

What really annoys me when it comes to lying is the reason thereof. Most people would utter a lie without prior thought or proper justification. I've been trying to understand lying for a long time--reading books and observing people--and it's still a mystery to me. I can totally understand that someone might feel that they 'have to' lie to defend themselves or avoid unpleasant consequences; but some people just lie and lie and lie for no apparent reason. Even they don't know the reason behind every lie they utter. I'm sick of these inveterately mendacious people! Sometimes it seems as though I'm surrounded by them.

Whenever a liar is 'accused' or even confronted with evidence of their lying, they get offended. I cannot for the life of me understand why! You make a choice, you stick to it and live with the consequences. You choose to lie, you risk getting caught. It's that simple.

One more thing: if the truth offends you, that doesn't mean you're discreet. It means you're guilty! But liars don't admit to being guilty!

This is just killing me!