What if people did not know how to tell lies?

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Lies! Lies! Lies!

Telling lies is one of those things we associate only with human beings...although we know many animals have learned very well the arts of disguise and deception. Changing their colors to hide from predators, luring prey into their clever "traps", and so on. While such survival techniques might not fit the definition of "lying", they do represent some of the same basic motivations behind the practice of lying...that of "survival".

We know that most everyone learns how to lie at a very young age, because we see it as parents, and because it is well documented. When parents begin to discipline children, the children learn that admitting to the truth about a particular infraction or error in judgment would very likely lead to something they'd rather not deal with...so, they begin to stretch their imagination to form something they think will save them from that...by learning how to weave lies.

In addition, many children might see and hear lying behavior being carried out by people all around them. Their parents, siblings, relatives, friends, TV and other media personalities, politicians, even religious leaders...are all known to lie about some things. So, to expect our children NOT to lie is probably out of the question.

But...

If it were possible to magically transform everyone on earth into people who simply COULD NOT LIE, there is no telling what kind of world would exist. At first look, we would expect everything to be peaceful and blissful and absent the negativity that lying behavior brings about; and, most likely, some things would surely be better.

Of course, lying is just one facet of the intricate dynamic which makes up the larger picture of human relations and interactions. Absence of lying behavior does not mean every other behavior would improve. It might just mean that people would become bolder, colder, and more in-your-face about things...without thought of any consequences of always telling the truth.

Telling-it-like-it-is?

If people never learned the art of lying, we would at least know the truth about one another; be that a good thing or otherwise. Sometimes, the truth does hurt, as we all know; and, sometimes, stretching the truth might be the more compassionate thing to do. If nobody knew how to lie, people would probably barely associate with one another, for fear of knowing more than they'd like to know..."TMI", as they say, can be overwhelming and detrimental to healthy relationships.

The Bible tells us that "God hates lies". Of course, not everyone believes in God, so this would not mean very much to them. Even those who do believe in God likely have some sort of understanding of God's forgiveness that allows them to indulge in white lies and fibs and even real lies, if circumstances somehow dictate such behavior in their individual thinking.

Sometimes, it's true that "the truth would be more harmful to others", so we opt for the easier way out of a 'potentially precarious predicament' by fabricating lies. I think we'd all prefer to see a bit less open lying behavior in some of our leaders and highly-influential personalities, but I am a realist, too; so I don't expect them to change for me. I can only expect to try making changes in myself.

What do YOU think?

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Do you think lying behavior is associated with irresponsible parenting or upbringing?

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Do you think children learn lying behavior from entertainment media (TV, video games, etc.)?

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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Thank you for your hub on a subject we all need to uphold. Some people do think it's acceptable to tell "white lies" dependent on the situation like if you're trying to feed you family and you just lost your job. Some people are good actors when they lie and some are just habitual liars. When I was raising my children, they were taught it's easier to deal with the truth than a lie. And importantly, how do you build the element of trust upon a lie? You don't.


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w1z111 4 years ago from New England, USA Author

Hi ytsenoh...thanks for your feedback. And, kudos on teaching the benefits and necessity of the truth.

Yes, surely lying is not something any of us are real proud about I don't think...unless we have no "scruples" whatsoever! Human lying is different (I think) from animals who "deceive" through disguising their skin color or through other clever cloaking mechanisms; because they are part of the "food chain", and humans are not (at least I don't think we are ... lol). Animals deceive in order to survive; humans deceive in order to deceive...not necessarily having anything to do with mere survival (though perhaps at times it could, I suppose).

Anyway, thanks again...good luck...and keep up the good work!


SanXuary 4 years ago

Everything is a lie, not everyone is a liar but the liars run the show everyday. Hypocrites walk the Earth and we our lead to believe that they are successful.


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w1z111 4 years ago from New England, USA Author

Hi SanXuary...thanks for your feedback. I know what you're saying, I think. We've become so accustomed to deception and trickery everywhere we turn it seems; so now I think we're "numb" to much of it...sadly. It seems we live in a "plastic" culture...much of it is 'unreal' and 'made-for-TV' and 'whatever brings in the money', y'know? Anyway...thanks again...good luck; and watch out for the lies...heh.


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ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

Wouldn't be human without lying. Does a cuttlefish "lie" when it changes colors?

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w1z111 4 years ago from New England, USA Author

Hi ptosis...thanks for your feedback. Yeah, I know what you're saying...and as I mention in one of my previous comments here: "animals deceive in order to survive...humans deceive in order to deceive". I think the greater question is: How and why did we decide that deceiving others is "ok?", y'know? Thanks again!

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