Think a Bit Thursday: Liar Liar and Lying

Liar Liar is a movie starring Jim Carrey in which his son wishes that his dad (Carrey) couldn’t lie for a day. The problem is, Jim Carrey plays a lawyer. Hilarity ensues.

“Of all the animals, man is the only one that lies.”- Mark Twain.

We lie because we are intelligent creatures, creatures who are so intelligent, in fact, that we often go against morals and speak lies in an effort to benefit ourselves. Let’s create a scenario.

You borrow a friend’s movie. It’s a Blu-Ray copy of Inception, so it’s worth a lot because that movie is awesome. As you put it in the Blu-Ray player at your house, it cracks because you’re clumsy. Before you return it to your friend, you evaluate your options. You could either tell him the truth and owe him 30 bucks, or you could lie, say that it was broken upon the opening of the case, and get yourself out of paying 30 dollars. Depending on how strong your morals are, you will either lie or come clean.

The decision process that goes with lying, or for any other choice, is a concept called Temporary Pleasure vs. Permanent Pain.

If you slack off and don’t do your homework, for example, you’re likely enjoying yourself. You’re hanging out with friends, playing some COD, and lounging. Life is good and relaxing. But then you go to school the next day and your teachers are upset at your slacking off. You get a detention or two. Your grades slip. Was your temporary pleasure worth that permanent pain?

No. Now your sessions of temporary pleasure has lead to permanent pain, because you slacked off every day and didn’t get into a good college. Lying is all the same.

People use lying as a quick fix. When a person lies, they lie in an effort to achieve temporary happiness. When you lie about breaking your friend’s Blu-Ray disc, you might be able to keep your 30 bucks, but if you’re a person with moral standards, you’ll feel bad about it, and guilty as well. It will linger over you for a long time.

When you lie, whether it be about something that’s as small as if you have 5o cents to give, or something as big as crashing a car, you’re setting yourself up for stress that could be avoided and done with by telling the truth. Telling the truth, while it is sometimes difficult to do, will reverse the concept above into Temporary Pain and Permanent Happiness.

So when you’re faced with a choice, think: Will this benefit my future or hurt it? Is lying going to better my life in this situation or will it hurt it?

Just think, is all I asked. What do you think about this topic? Is lying ever okay? Let me know in the comments below, and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!



2 comments on “Think a Bit Thursday: Liar Liar and Lying

  1. I do not like lying. My motto in life is that if you don’t do anything wrong, you never have to feel guilty and you never have to worry about getting in trouble. It’s just so much easier to tell the truth than try to keep track of a laundry list of lies.

    • Mark Twain said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Being honest is a huge deal, and to me, is what defines a person: Will they keep they word or will they not? It shows how strong their integrity is.

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