Isn’t it funny how we’re always taught that honesty is the best policy, and yet we’ve literally managed to reach that point where it has become hard to survive even a day without lying. Maybe in this fast-moving world a trivial lie can’t do much. Or can it?
How many times has it happened that you lied, and the person on the other end caught you? Apparently I’m pretty good at lying and can get away with almost anything, if I want to. Aren’t we all like this? We tend to do something till we don’t have to face its repercussions. Anyway, how many times did a lie actually drop you in a problem? Hardly any one in ten lies backfires.
We all know lying is a bad thing, even a six year old knows that. Then why is it that we’ve to lie at all? The answer—I suppose—is pretty simple. We just want to save ourselves the time to explain a particular situation. Lying has—to some extent—become a substitute for ‘none of your freaking business’; not just a substitute but also a reflex.
When a salesman comes to your door and presents an item with ‘flat 60% off’, when an ad says that McDonald’s Aloo Tikki is for just Rs. 25 now, or when an agent says that ‘this policy is best for you and your family, sir’; isn’t honesty literally screwed there?
This world stands because people lie. Let’s face it, honesty doesn’t take you anywhere. Your boss won’t promote you on learning that you took leave to watch your favourite TV show, but he’ll certainly admire the trait that you really care for people and you’re an ideal husband. Become an honest freak today, and they won’t call you a mahatma but rather tag you as a moron who seeks attention.
The world has changed, the phrases from the past don’t dwell well in the present. One truth can make you a hundred times better person but one lie can make it a thousand times simpler.