Truth and Lies

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I don’t remember the last lie I told. Yes, I know the saying: anyone who claims not to lie is a liar. BUT… I generally do not lie. Generally. I’m not a big talker, so there’s less opportunity for lying. People don’t usually ask me probing questions that require me to lie in response. I’m lucky that way, or they fear my face. *evil cackle*

I believe that honesty is (usually) the best policy. The “usually” is a caveat. Some times, the truth is overrated. Like when you have a damning secret you’ve kept for years, and you’ve finally found someone who you think you can be honest with, and you say, “Okay, I have something serious to tell you” and you tell them and hold your breath… It can be soul-crushing to be shamed or judged by the person you told the truth to. That’s the downside of honesty.

The thing is, though, that being judged or shamed for your truth reveals a lot about the person passing judgement. It gives you the opportunity to evaluate of you need Judgey Mcjudgey Pants in your life. Do you? No.

When it comes to my family, however, honesty can be suspended if necessary. My dear mother is very inquisitive, especially about the opposite sex. So when she asks about relationships of a certain kind, I just smile and say nothing.

Silence is better than lies.

What was the last lie you told? Why did you tell it?


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