Fleetwood Mac (1987) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcjpags7JT8
Why do we lie? Well, one reason is because it’s easier than telling the truth. Lying is a skill we all have the potential to exercise and convince ourselves it’s The White Lie to ease our guilt.
The White Lie is to protect the recipient, the consequences can be positive and are generally deemed as publicly acceptable.
The Grey Lie is to protect the liar, the consequences can be minor but may not be socially acceptable.
The areas between the White and Grey lies blend in like an artist’s palette and are not clearly defined; unlike The Black Lie.
The Black Lie is to protect the liar, the consequences can be substantial and are not socially acceptable.
It’s ingrained in us from childhood that it’s morally unacceptable to lie but imagine a world where the truth was obligatory, or like Pinocchio, the lie was exposed and our noses grew. The plastic surgery industry would surge with nose jobs and the truth would result in so much carnage no one would ever speak to each other again.
Jim Carey told the truth for one day in the movie ‘Liar, Liar’ and although he had a happy ever after, in real life, would that be the same?
Look at Peter in Aesop’s Fable, ‘The Boy who Cried Wolf.’ Peter lied so much that in the end nobody believed him and the term ‘Cry Wolf’ has worked its way into the English dictionary.
We lie to create the best possible version of ourselves and in the age of social media this is easy to do. Some liars are so convincing we go along with them because we don’t want to accept the affair, the two-faced friendship, the fact we should go on a diet or the attention seeking illness that doesn’t exist.