posted on Feb, 11 2016 @ 04:41 PM
We lie because there is no reward for telling the truth.
Many of the posts in this thread are touching on it, but are coming from the angle of why we lie, rather than why we avoid telling the truth.
For instance, if someone commits a crime, is it in their interest to be honest about it? Almost never. Maybe to reduce consequences after a lie has
been discovered, but never open honesty as a default position.
We live in a world of penalization, where honesty about every defined wrong-doing (laws, social interaction, contracts, etc) has a negative
consequence. Rather than a world that realises that we all make mistakes, and that honesty can help us develop mentally and emotionally.
As a result we define ever more systems and rules to try to weed out the lies, and become ever more devious in how we with-hold truth from the system,
to avoid fines and negative consequence.
If we could move towards a system of acceptance for mistakes, and aid given in rectifying mistakes (even something as heinous as murder), then we
would have less reason to lie, and more reason to tell the truth that would lead to a more honourable and caring society, where honesty would have a
positive effect on the individual and the community.