How often do you lie?

By Christian B. Miller

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Where people need to be especially discerning, though, is in identifying – and avoiding – the small number of rampant liars out there.

But some people clearly don't want to be discerning; they want to believe the lies along with the rampant liar. They themselves lie to show loyalty to this liar who is happy to go along with and spin any lie that helps his bid for power.

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I never lie.

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I lie pretty much only for the purpose of self-preservation in a bigoted, presumptive, slow-witted world full of self-righteous hate of things people cannot and will not even try to understand about me and many things that are happeing. But more than that, I commit the lie of omission where I avoid talking about what I know people are too brainwashed, dim, or self interested to discuss with honesty.

In short, I hardly ever lie. I only lie where I know society will dogmatically lie to itself to avoid the truth I want to say, but sometimes I foolishly tell the truth anyway because I just can't help it. Its ingrained.

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Only when using tinder.

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I lie too often, to be honest (err...). Especially since coming to Japan, I've found myself being increasingly dishonest in the name of "maintaining group harmony." Not about big, important things, mind you. But more and more I've been washing away my real preferences and opinions and past experiences in order to blend in with the people around me. It's understandable in some cases, but it can also wash away your own authenticity if taken too far.

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Everybody lies. Some lies are even expected, even necessary. Every man knows it is death to say, "You know, that blouse really does make you look fat." Lies to children are necessary to boost their feelings of themselves, to validate their growing up. "Wow. You beat me in Monopoly. You're on smart kid." These are lies, but there is a purpose for them that makes them seem to be acceptable.

I lie l very little. Sometimes telling the truth is hard, even scary, but most times these turn out fine. But lying is often simply to get along in society. Sometimes a lie is a good lie.

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“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” .................― Mark Twain

“History is a set of lies agreed upon.” ............ --- Napoleon Bonaparte

“I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.”..............― Al Pacino

As far as I know, I have never openly lied to anyone, maybe that is why my social circle is so small.

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