Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thought of the day: value of truth telling

This just struck me: Telling the truth is a very underappreciated craft. And a singularly useful one too. Feel free to quote.

That should be obvious but apparently isn't. When honed to perfection, and applied with straight face, it can also be used with surgical precision, effectively and elegantly.

Why people waste more time on telling half-assed lies is beyond me -- liars need good memory, and excellent mental project management capabilities (which are in short order for most people anyway); and yet lying generally produces no better results than telling the truth, even when one does not get caught. And very few people get addicted to telling the truth, to the degree they couldn't stop doing it. Quite the reverse is true for lying and dishonesty.

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