Such as it is. I’ve never had any doubt about it. I’m not only talking about the Big Lie; that is, the series of pernicious lies that sucker most people into being the fools they end up being for God and State. That’s a given, and I’ve no doubt the world would be a better place, if, at minimum, the lies could be exposed for what they are.
But what about the thousands of other lies almost all of us tell? "Oh, yea; that’s great." "You did a wonderful job." "Thank you for that wonderful gift. I really like it." You know: the many polite, feeling-saving and confrontation-avoiding lies we tell on a daily basis.
It’s been a while since I laughed so hard as when I read the story of a guy who doesn’t lie like that. It’s curiously appealing, and I must say that I’m often pretty frank myself; though almost never to this extent. I’m not sure society could survive it. We’re social beings; and I suspect that means we’re rather hard-wired to some degree of give & take, even if it means little lies. On the other hand, it’s quite interesting to contemplate what life might be like without them.
By the way, I think you’re an asshole if you don’t link to or forward some of the articles on my blog, maybe "digg" a few here and there, and comment from time to time. I also think I’m generally smarter than most everyone else, which of course is why I blog.