Lies and liars: a question. Only read this if you want to do your own head in!

This one may seem strange to those who have read my more humourous writing, but this is something that has been on my mind of late and I think it is worth raising to find out what other people think about such a subject. It isn’t often that I encounter people who actually discuss such a thing, so that is why I will…

Question: what do you do when you know someone is lying to you and you know that someone is lying to you. Then all the time they talk to you they are still lying. Then that one lie evolves into covering lies until you have a torrid web of lies? Then when the lies become so thick it stops the truth being remembered because it has been painted with lies?

If you are wondering: this is something I have been considering lately.

Question 2. Do you tell that person you know that they are actually lying and that you have been noticing it for a long time but have just kept it to yourself?

Or do you avoid telling them and ultimately lie to yourself?

I often wonder about the concept of lies and why people actually do it, surely everyone picks up on lies on some level, whether it is subconscious or through body language. Why is it that we as humans lie? How does that help in survival? Or is it a case that if you say you don’t lie that you are not lying?

Then I started thinking about people who lie on a daily basis. How do they maintain lies, how do they remember the lies they have told and who to? Is that where they come unstuck?

Then came the fundamental question: what is the actual point of lying? I really have no clue, but I think in one of my next children’s books there may well be a complusive liar who people all know she is lying but avoid telling her. A character so insecure in her identity that she continually makes up lies to appear like she is worth something.

The way I see it is that lies are pointless because ultimately on some level you will be found out and the originator of the lies has to live with themselves knowing that they are lying. If that is the case are they lying to themselves saying that it is okay to lie?

It really is such a strange concept to me and the more I think about it the more complex it becomes. According to one of my friends, in the socratic era someone went mad thinking about this subject. I understand how easily it could lead you into an array of thought.

Anyway that is my evening’s musings I hope it does not disturb too many people because the subject in psychological terms can be quite perplexing.

Moral of the story: by lying to others you lie to yourself and ultimately that is self destructive. So why bother? If the truth hurts then lies hurt more in the long run.

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