Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Small Lie


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 ;)

I ran across an article that was posted to Facebook all about lies that people told. It's pretty funny, so I'm going to recommend you check it out. I'll wait...

Back? Okay, then. That's what prompted today's question...

What if that small, innocuous lie you told suddenly went out of control? Would you fess up? Or would you continue the charade?

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  1. Oh my gosh; I didn't read all of them but I read a lot! The lies they had to carry through to adulthood and beyond!

    I think I would fess up in such a situation. I know that would make everyone not happy with me but at the same time it would be out in the open and then I wouldn't have to try to cover it up anymore. Of course I would be teased about it forever, but it would be good to come clean.

    betty

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    1. In a couple of those cases, yeah, I have no idea how they kept them up. (Like pretending to be allergic to chocolate!)

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  2. Yeah, I'd rather fess up and keep it from spiraling out of control. Or better yet, just don't lie.

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  3. I would love to say I would fess up....but I think I would keep up the lie...may not be the right thing to do but I think I would...survival instincts come into play

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    1. In some of those cases, yeah, I could see it.

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  4. It would depend on what the lie was! If it was that I was allergic to chocolate, probably. If it was I had a baby and I didn't. Nope I'd probably fess up.

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    1. It's amazing what people keep up with.

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  5. That article was really hilarious. I've definitely never told a lie that big. If I did and it snowballed like that, I'd probably end up just going along with it to save face like those people did.

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  6. Sounds hilarious. But it is serious issue. I've seen some people lie for nothing. I try never to lie unless its just omission of truth!

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    1. Yeah, some people lie for no reason. That is an issue in and of itself.

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  7. My memory is not good enough for lies so I would make a lousy politician! :-)

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  8. I'd like to think I'd fess up, but...nah.

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  9. I'm not much of a lair. But with this job of mine it comes with territory.
    Coffee is on

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  10. I am a bad liar...gotta have a good memory to be a good one they reckon. So I would trip and fall over it in very quick order...better to fess up I say

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    1. It would be better. But not always feasible.

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  11. I'd have to fess up. Toni Collette the actress pretended she has appendicitis when she was a kid and wound up having her appendix out she was such a convincing liar/actress.

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    1. Someone in that article had a similar situation. Although, his reasons for faking appendicitis were probably different.

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  12. I'm a writer so I'm good at making stuff up - if that's also considered lying then I'm a big fat liar. Do we ever back down on our story telling - no. So I guess I wouldn't fess up :) But in reality, I try not to lie and I would never allow untruths to hurt anyone else. That's just not cool. Great post!

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  13. Well, I write, so I could be accused of lying also. As Stephen King says, "I lie for a living." But if one of my lies ever went viral among friends I'd probably stick with it.

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  14. I try to be honest most of the time - it's too hard to remember all the details of a lie! If I had told a lie and it got around like that though, I would feel I had to stick it out, once it's so well known, it's too late to come clean!
    Debbie

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    1. Yes, it is better to start with the truth. But yeah, some of those lies took on lives of their own.

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  15. What? I don't lie...unless it's about how fat someone is. And then it's more an omission. Actually, I try to change the subject. Lies only lead to misery.

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  16. I read the first 10 or 12. If it had been the vanilla cupcake I would have 'fessed up. Some of those others...I'll be thinking of those dead Korean sailors for a while. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. It's a long article. But yeah, some of those...

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