What lies behind the lie?
It is a usual question: what lies behind the lie. And for this we have a simple answer: of course, it is true; but let consider why it happens. Many think that all people without any exception lie. Someone does it once a year, but someone lies every day. Everybody has own secrets, which he or she does not want to tell to somebody. In this case, we have idiom: there is a skeleton in one’s closet that means family secret, which is not to say. Lie disrupts the relationship. It is awful when you know the truth and someone continues lying looking at your eyes.
When we lie to someone, thereby we undermine confidence. It is hard to believe you again. The most frustrating thing is not falsehood, it is a disappointment.
F. Nietzsche had a good statement about that “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
Lie — the claim is certainly not true, and it is expressed in a way deliberately. A lie is a false statement to a person made by another person who knows it is not the whole truth, intentionally. When we are saying a half truth, we still are lying; because we are hiding the facts.
Mark Twain used to say that: “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”
When a man lies all time, he gets used to doing it. He forgets how to tell the truth. People, who listen to him, get used to that he always lies and already do not believe him when he is telling the truth because in his mouth even the truth is a lie to them.
Many believe that modern history is fabricated by someone and half of writing history is hiding the truth. Maybe the government of countries hides something from the masses. There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite.
In the book of Michael Ende, The Neverending Story, it is told that: “When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.”
An ugly truth vs. an obscure lie — is it better for you to hear the truth instead of lie despite its harmfulness?