A Lesson in Lying and How it Affects Others


Once upon a time there was a guy I know who was asked a question. The answer to this question was not an answer he was willing to share with the person who asked him the question. But rather than just refuse to answer, he did something stupid, very stupid. He rather quickly made up a lie and answered the question with that lie. This guy was an idiot for lying, and he knew it. So next he did the only sensible thing he could do: he swore the asker to secrecy, hoping to contain the lie and have everything just diffuse.

But if there is one thing for sure it is that the people a liar hangs out with cannot be trusted. This guy should have known that the false answer to the question would get out. Little did he know, but within minutes of the group dispersing, the lie was already being whispered into other people’s ears, and once the lie got out, it affected another person. And since this guy did not know that the other person had heard the lie made a few meaningless and unintentional comments and gestures that unfortunately were perceived by the other party to be full of meaning and intention.

It didn’t take long for the guy to realize that, despite his wishes, the lie had been spread and that his actions and words were being taken for something that they were not. And so, he immediately withdrew from the situation, carefully avoiding anything that could imply something that wasn’t supposed to be implied. This guy hoped beyond all hope that the message would get through.

At what point, if any, the message was received, doesn’t really matter. What is important is that the little lie that this guy told, two simple words, affected others in very significant ways. And so he wanted me to pass this lesson on, that even little “white lies” told months and months ago can have profound long term affects on others. So…don’t lie about stupid crap!