Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Truthful


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

What if every lie you told came true?

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  1. I would hope that it was a "good" lie that I told, like "you will get better" with someone that had cancer when I didn't think they would, but then they did. I would hope it wasn't a "bad" lie that did though. I would feel guilty then (and should feel guilty for lying in the first place.)

    betty

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    1. That's a great application of it.

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  2. I like Betty's response. I can't think of any bad lies that I have told. But this is something you would have to be careful of if they are going to come true. It could be a very good thing!!

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  3. Not much would happen I'm afraid...

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  4. I'm trying to think of lies I've told, and I can't seem to recall any. But if they did come true, I'd hope there were good results from them!

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  5. I would basically become a god. Any lie I said could become real. That's pretty powerful. It might cause some problems with writing fiction, though...

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  6. Twould be lovely, I think I only ever lied about nice things :)

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  7. I've told social lies. But this made me think of long ago, in 1974, when my aunt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As she wasted away (high death rate then, ditto now)her husband, my uncle, kept saying "you are going to get better." "you're doing fine", etc. If only those lies could have become real. Maybe this wouldn't be such a bad thing and we could all lie, the more outrageous the better. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I hadn't thought about that wrinkle. Yeah, that would be nice to lie people to better health.

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  8. That would mean some ugly people would look beautiful:)

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  9. And yet another awesome premise for a fun book!

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  10. It would mean that you could actually get a response from the Optus (Telco) fools which might make sense, and be helpful.

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    1. What lie have you told about them? I thought they were telling all the lies.

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