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Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Liar

Well, this is a difficult one. But people who know me since childhood would certify this.

Perhaps I was over-imaginative. Lying to me seemed like story telling. And I was real good at it - if I told you something as absurd as that I have travelled to Mars, you would be bound to believe that.

The problem is, the general impression about me was that I was a fibber and most definitely, the naughtiest child around. So, even if I were not lying, people would not believe a word I said.

An absolute contrast to this was my younger brother - his impression was that of an apostle of truth : a child who just could not lie. And in critical situations, he'd coolly let me down. "She did it", he would say, framing me for a round of scolding, and walking away.

After many incidents, I realized lying is taking me nowhere, and one needs to remember versions of the truth to keep the story going. Finally, around the age of 15, I gave up on this habit after I got my group of friends on the verge of serious trouble.

Mischief still dances in my eyes, but I am far mature and trustworthy. It's been a long journey, though!

What is your take on lying?
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4 comments:

Kathy Combs said...

I have never been one to lie really. My mom always told me liars go to hell and burn forever so I don't generally do that because I believed her and told my kids the same thing. LOL I don't believe in being brutally honest either. I would lie to not hurt someone.

Stephanie Faris said...

I think there is definitely a creativity to lying. It is storytelling. We all showed signs we would be future writers in small ways when we were kids, didn't we?

Stephanie Faris, author
30 Days of No Gossip
http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

I.L. Wolf said...

I'm not much of a liar, unless you count writing fiction, which is, after all, one long untruth.

I'm glad you decided to give it up in terms of your interactions with others, though. It makes for much more trustworthy relationships.

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D Biswas said...

Storytelling is lying with a purpose, and the purpose is to tell a universal, psychological truth.

Any other kind of lying is justifiable if it is done with good in mind :).

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