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The Way We Lie

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
― George Orwell

Recently I said of a politician I saw on TV, “wow, he looks tired and old”. A wiser man sitting nearby responded by saying, “it’s exhausting to carry around all those lies”. I was taken by that profound observation for days. And in the midst of wondering why politicians practice duplicity as a primary strategy for getting ahead, I started wondering why we all do the same thing. Political debates, job interviews, social gatherings, and first dates are the same: those who know how to say the right words, wear the right clothes, align themselves with the right networks, and play the right angles often get ahead. In the end, putting on a good face is a rewarding venture. So, if we’re not careful, we can spend our lives competing for the votes of our ‘constituents’ by saying whatever they want to hear and trying to be whoever they wish we were.
This presents a big problem down the road that we have seen aris…