Lies, Liars and Falsehoods

by Jay Deragon on 02/24/2014

lies_and_the_lying_liarsSometimes I feel like I am surrounded by lies, liars and falsehoods.  Politicians lie. The media lies. Companies lie. Entrepreneurs lie. Advertisers lie and the source of every lie is people.

Lies are used as something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression. A liar is a person who has lied or lies repeatedly and a falsehood represents a lack of conformity to truth or fact.

It is almost like people and organizations have become so insecure that they think telling lies and falsehoods will make them sound better, more important and protect their insecurity or give them job security. In the end lies, liars and falsehoods cost us all trillions of dollars in waste and damages every year.  Have you heard any lies, liars or falsehoods lately?

Sam Harris, author of the book, “Lying says:  Among the many paradoxes of human life, this is perhaps the most peculiar and consequential: We often behave in ways that are guaranteed to make us unhappy. Many of us spend our lives marching with open eyes toward remorse, regret, guilt, and disappointment. And nowhere do our injuries seem more casually self-inflicted, or the suffering we create more disproportionate to the needs of the moment, than in the lies we tell to other human beings. Lying is the royal road to chaos.”

Lies and falsehoods damages relationships with others and it discourages self-improvement. You can see, hear and sense lies, liars and falsehoods when people and organizations:

  • Do more of the talking than listening and they never ask question but have all the answers
  • When the talk is all about them, their accomplishments and how much money they’ve made
  • When their customer service only makes the problem worse (Internet & Cable TV providers)
  • When the ad says “free” it only means the cost are buried elsewhere
  • When they say the customer is important then they make it impossible for the customer to connect, to get service or provide input
  • When an entrepreneur proclaims he/she has had past successes worth millions yet it is unverifiable
  • When someone says “This idea is worth millions and you should support it”. Yet the idea has no plan, no data or talent to make it worth anything
  • When their agenda is uncertain but their behavior reflects getting vs. giving
  • When any and all problems are blamed on  others

You might say the above doesn’t necessarily show lies, liars and falsehoods rather it implies selfishness. The fact is the above behavior does indeed show lies, liars and falsehoods. People tell lies and falsehoods to protect their self-interest.  The biggest lie is the one you tell yourself.

In a connected and transparent world the truth will always shine the light on lies, liars and falsehoods.

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