Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman
When the going gets tough, politicians are likely to start fibbing. I don't even find it surprising anymore.
What does surprise me is people in real life who tell lies with regularity. (I really do not lie unless I feel my life depends on telling a lie. In the first place, my memory is shaky so I could never remember what lie I told. In the second place, I really don't "care" enough to lie.)
When Alex was in the Navy, he had a roommate named Todd. Now Todd was a nice enough guy, but he was truly a liar. Whatever Alex did, Todd had to one-up Alex. If Alex got a new car, Todd got a new better car. If Alex graduated from college, Todd got his PhD from Harvard. If Alex went to Europe, Todd went on a year long world tour. Todd lied. He told ridiculous lies and Alex never really minded. Todd was visiting us several years ago. It was during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Todd was working for PG&E as a CAD operator and told us that he was going to have to go to New Orleans to support the rescue operations. Alex was in the National Guard at the time and waiting to see if he would be called up to go.
I expressed the thought that I hoped neither of them had to go. Todd said, "Are you kidding? I'm dying to go!" Really? Yes. Todd said he would be earning $500 a minute from the time he got on the plane for New Orleans. Alex just said "Wow!"
I wondered why a CAD (computer aided design) draftsman from Pacific Gas and Electric would be sent to New Orleans. I also wondered about $500 an hour. Do draftsmen really command that hourly rate? I left it alone since Todd was Alex's old friend but it really made me wonder.
I have a close relative who is also a liar. How can I tell she's lying? Her lips are moving. This person tells outrageous lies perhaps in the hopes that because the lie is so huge, people just might believe it. I've never understood the "why" of it.
It may be that insecurity and feelings of inadequacy make some people tell lies.
Actually, I can understand the Bill Clinton's of the world along with the Anthony Weiner's much more easily. They have something to lose and something to protect by lying. What I will never understand is the idle lies that nobody gives a damn about in the first place.
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