Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lies, Bullshit, and Half-Truths

Sometimes I wonder where does diplomacy, tact and politeness end and where does lying start?

It seems that in life lies are everywhere. I read of Ted Haggard, that disgraced pastor in the USA who couldn't stop lying even after being fired. He continued to lie by asking for money to support himself, claiming he needed it to support himself in University... which happened to be an online university! Not only that, his church had already agreed to pay him his salary for a year after being fired.

Then there's Hillary Clinton who "misspoke" about dodging sniper fire when clearly archived footage showed no such thing.

Let's not forget about her husband Bill "I did not have sex with that woman" Clinton.

I think the reality is that there are lies everywhere. From salespeople, to parents, to boyfriends and girlfriends, to bosses, to CEOs, to politicians, to schoolkids. What people should have with them is a good lie detector. Not just to tell whether someone is lying. It should be able to differentiate and give a lie-rating perhaps somewhere along the lines of the following:


  1. Prevarication - avoiding telling the truthful answer.

  2. Spin - Turning the facts into a more positive light.

  3. Exaggeration - Extending the facts to a greater degree.

  4. Bullshit - A cockamamie story that manages to stay logically coherent with a lot of duct tape.

  5. Half-Truth - Not telling all the facts thereby leading to a different conclusion.

  6. Bald Headed Lie - A straight lie.

  7. Fabrication - A lie that includes supporting lies.







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