Good Day World!
Back in the day they differentiated between lies. There were white lies, and outright lies. A white lie (or small lie) was something that supposedly didn’t hurt anyone.
Nowadays, people don’t talk about white lies.
Instead, they’re talking about “disremembering” things. The most recent example would be Brian Williams, the very popular NBC news anchorman for over a decade.
Williams was recently exposed when he publically disremembered his Iraq experience, his Katerina coverage, and other events.
The man isn’t that old. His memory over major events in his life have suddenly become vague under the scrutiny of NBC’s investigative team.
Of course we all know, a lie is a lie. It doesn’t matter how you dress it up or present it. There’s no good reason for lying.
“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” Mark Twain once said.
According to the Hebrew Bible, the ninth of God’s Ten Commandments instructs that no person shall bear false witness against their neighbor. In other words, you shouldn’t lie.
All mainstream religions agree that lying is wrong. Sure, you don’t need to have faith in a higher power to understand that telling untruths is both foolish and immoral. There are many logical reasons to avoid telling lies.
Here are six reasons:
1) Remembering your lies - How good do you think your memory is? If you tell somebody a lie, you have to be able to remember exactly what you told them. If ever you forget the lie you told, there is a chance that you’ll contradict yourself later on and subsequently get caught
2) Losing people’s trust - When you get caught lying, people tend to mistrust you from that point forward. If you lie habitually, people will become especially wary of you. Hence, the habitual liar is often a very lonely person.
3) A bad reputation - When people know you for a liar, your reputation is basically ruined. What’s more, it’s human nature to gossip, so news of your lies will quickly spread.
4) It’s addictive - At first, lying can seem rewarding. When someone swallows a lie you’ve told and you get your own way, it can provide an addictive feeling of power.Before you know it, you’ve told so many lies that it becomes difficult to remember exactly what you said, and that means extra stress. That’s when you start to realize that lying is the same as anything else addictive.
5) Legal ramifications - While telling the odd white lie is unlikely to get you into trouble with the law, more serious lies could. Perhaps you think you’d never tell one of those more serious lies. However, when someone gets into the habit of lying, it usually starts with small lies and slowly escalates. The lies you tell today might not get you into trouble with the law, but what about the bigger lies you may tell in the future?
6) Shattered relationships - How do you feel when you find out that somebody else has been lying to you? Most people feel rather angry when they discover they’ve been lied to. When the person that lied is someone that supposedly loves you, the lies can even cause emotional pain. Many loving relationships between good friends, family members and lovers have been completely ruined because of a lie told by one person to another. (source)
Time for me to walk on down the road…