One of the lessons ingrained into our little noggins when we’re young is that “lying is wrong.” It’s bad, it’s immoral, and good people don’t do it. And for the most part, we believe that. You know why?

It’s a well-crafted lie.

It has all the elements that compose a solid, effective lie.

  1. There’s a small dose of truth in it. It is wrong to lie– in certain situations.
  2. The intention behind it is good. This lie is meant to help us. It establishes a foundation for us to delineate between good and evil. Right and Wrong. Pop Tarts and Toaster Strudels. (Just wanted to express my fondness for Toaster Strudels)
  3. It’s believable. How could you not believe this for a while? I mean, George Washington, the founder of America, could not tell a lie, so why would we?

And that’s where I call shenanigans. George was a great liar. He got elected President, the ultimate position a liar can achieve. But that’s a diatribe for another time.

Our parents teach us to be honest, and lie to us constantly during our childhood. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy– I mean really people, why is a sprite dealing in stolen molars necessary? These lies are most likely not necessary. But they sure add some zest to childhood, and it’s all in good fun. No one is hurt by these fibs. They help develop our imagination and delusions of grandeur that turn us into functioning adults.

Here’s a list of lies that may sound familiar to you:

  • Your face will stay like that
  • You can’t swallow your gum
  • I’ve never experimented with drugs
  • When I was your age [Fill in the Blank]
  • You won’t grow big and strong if you don’t eat your vegetables
  • You can be anything you want to be
  • All dogs go to heaven (Most get buried in the back yard)
  • This drink isn’t for kids
  • Video games will melt your brain (Pretty sure that Zuckerberg chap spent some time playing video games)
  • Only bad people go to prison

This list could go on ad infinitum, but you get the point. These are all believable lies that help us in some way avoid becoming a social pariah, but they are all lies– and that’s okay. I’ve decided the main reason we are lied to so much as kids, is so we can grow up to be good liars– not good AT lying, but good at lying when the situation calls for it. Our parents understand that one day we will have kids of our own that we will need to lie to so their spirits won’t be crushed before their time.  cross my heart and hope to die, I want to thank all the adults that lied to me as a ruddy-faced youth, I’ve matured into a successful, happy liar.

Oh, just thought of another gem:

Cheaters never prosper.

Actually, that may be a whole post on its own. Have a Great Day!