posted on Jan, 13 2011 @ 04:30 PM
Today I was struck with the realization that we are living in a dishonest society. The people that lie succeed, while the people that tell the truth
get punished. I see it everyday, and it really makes me ponder what people's ethics and morals are all about. When you were growing up, if you ever
came home from a friends house/party drunk/high, what's the first thing you do when you get home? You lied. "Hey son, where were you at
tonight?", "Oh, I just went to see a movie Mom and Dad". Why risk getting in trouble, when you could just tell one little lie and be off the hook?
My friend told me a story today that made my blood boil. He recently got into some trouble with the law (Marijuana possession), and he completely
understands that he has to face the consequences for his illegal actions, and he is OK with that. So he went in for his evaluation today to determine
what the punishment would be, and he was asked a load of questions. He was completely honest about every question, and he told me that he has never
done any other drugs besides alcohol and marijuana. His "evaluator" claimed that he was a very troubled person with an addictive personality, and he
is way more "extreme" than any other 18 year old. That means one of two things: That either most 18 year olds nowadays are perfect little angels
that follow all the rules, or that most 18 year olds nowadays lie profusely. I'm thinking it's the latter. Where did his honesty land him? On Option
IV probation, Option VI being the most extreme. I cannot believe that the majority of people walk in there are lie about almost if not all of the
questions, and they get off with a simple Option I or Option II diversion at the most extreme.
You're at a job interview, and your boss asks you if you have ever smoked cannabis, even once. There is no way for him to get inside your head and
read your memories, so how will he know what you have done in your past? Why risk not getting a job by telling the truth, when you could just tell one
little lie, and you'll be off scott free?
What does that tell you about our society? Lie and you will succeed. Sure, some will find flaws in this logic, and rebut that it is totally acceptable
to lie in certain situations. Tell your wife she looks good in her new blouse, we all remember telling the disabled kid in gym class that he was doing
a great job, when in reality he has missed every basket (No offense whatsoever meant), that's understandable. But a line needs to be drawn. Lying has
become a normal thing in society, in fact, the people that do not lie ever are an extreme minority. True, the pathological liar that claims he is
friends with Bill Gates and a Harvard graduate will be called out pretty fast for lying, but the occasional lie to keep you out of trouble is no big
deal, right? We might as well start teaching our kids how to lie without being caught. Instead of teaching Johnny to ride a bike or woo a lady, why
not teach him how to lie to people's faces? He'll most likely use that skill more than most things you do teach him in life.
What do you guys think? Am I just hyper-reactive to certain instances where lying will be better off than telling the truth, or are there even more
situations than I can imagine where lying will be best? Feel free to post examples and discuss whether or not you agree with me and why.