lies and some more lies! We listen to them everyday, we tell them
everyday and more often than not, it’s become a habit! A habit that’s
get away with! Is lying bad? Yes, it is! Then why do we lie?
other day, I caught a bus back home from college and there was a lady
sitting beside me talking loudly on the phone and hence I was forced to
overhear her conversation. She kept telling she had reached her
destination, when the last stop was more than half an hour’s journey
away! Poor friend or whoever of her’s who was waiting for her at the
other end. This is how we lie!
Telling lies starts in our
childhood- may be for the chocolate that we ate without permission,
maybe to hide some little naughty prank that we’ve played! And as we
grow up, the lying continues! We lie to escape punishment, we lie to
hide things. The older you get the more the number of lies you tell and
the bigger your lies get. And then there are those white lies-An often
trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth. Lies told to be
courteous, lies told to sound polite. But once we get used to this habit
of lying, it’s hard to avoid. It becomes a part and parcel of our
lives. We begin to lie without even getting to know that we’ve lied.
Professionals- aren’t we?
Lying is considered to be cognitive
skill. Lying requires brains. And we are proud of ourselves when we are
able to hoodwink others into believing something that’s not true! And
what if we are deceiving ourselves? Yes, we lie to ourselves. We are the
best judges of of our character and nobody knows us better than
ourselves. But most of time, we lie to ourselves. It maybe because
that’s the easy path. It maybe because we are not comfortable accepting
ourselves the way we are. Gradually, this lying to ourselves masks the
true person within.
Yes, it takes creativity to lie. It takes
creativity to escape punishment. But can’t you use that creativity for
some other useful purpose? Initially, we may have that guilty feeling
which tells we’re wrong. But many times, our conscience doesn’t prick us
Lying has it’s benefits and that’s why we lie. Honesty
may not be the best policy always. But lie only when circumstances
demand you to. The world would be a mess if everyone went on telling the
truth. But that doesn’t mean we need to live on lies. Lies may feed our
ego, lies may help us escape punishment. But, let it not become a
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain
So keep your memory reserved for better things!