Ah, the age-old question. As age-old as the question, ‘How old is age-old?’ Always wondered that. Lying is, of course, an ancient art. I do often wonder who the first person to lie was. I bet it was over something really insignificant. Just blurted out by somebody who just realized they could lie. “Darling, have you seen my socks?” “Erm, no”.
In no shortness of haste, you find out what people really thought of you. There’d be implications, of course. Emotions. Feelings would be hurt. It’d lead to thousands of god-awful pop songs about how much we’re hated. Because, let’s face it, everyone is hated and loved in equal measure. Emotions are the key. What about love? “Do you love me?” “No”. “Oh, that’s a bad start to my birthday”. Am I adopted? That’d be awkward. And what about religion? The truth of that is a truth impossible to discover. But a world without lies would greatly affect religion. In fact, in a world where religion is the only thing whose truth we cannot discover, it may very well become huge. More people would turn to it. A sense of freedom and meaning. The last great mystery. But in a world dominated by religion, would we all get along or is it more likely we’d all start hurting each other?
And that’s just the adults. What about the children? “Mummy, is Santa Claus real?” “Of course not, you little idiot! Who thinks Santa is real?” Children need that! They need imagination. They need to believe in the unbelievable – childhood is where the dreams are born that carry us throughout life, and those dreams are what make us human. Without that, we are nothing. We are soulless, blank, grey slates. A totalitarian world of our own creation.
And what about restraint? “Do I look fat in this?” “Totally”. We need that lie! Lies restrain us, and that’s good. They keep us in check. It’s part of our humanity and our morality. Without it, that will disappear and the new world will be power-mad. Crazy, even. A societal pyramid of the weakest at the bottom and the strongest at the top. An incredibly unfair society. Lies make us equal.
Sure, we’d have honesty in things like sport but on the other hand, we’d have honesty in criminals. Bad? Yes. Even the pettiest crime will go punished. Our prisons will become overcrowded and extreme measures will have to be taken. The death penalty for just about every crime. And that would raise issues in countries like England where the death penalty, thankfully, doesn’t exist. We’d question the very fabric of our ideals.
The world would literally tear itself apart. We couldn’t survive. We need our world to be a mixture of truth and of lies. Yes, it’s better to be honest when the situation warrants it, but, all in all, it’s better to use your judgment. To think. To be human.
What if no one could lie? We’d be in hell.
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I sold my only car to help pay for the gas money, but now gas has come down in price. How do I get my car back?
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