“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”

What is it about human nature that forces us to lie?  What is the motivation behind not telling the truth?  From my personal experience with those who lie, they tend to become chronic liars and soon can’t remember whether they told you the truth or a lie.  So they lie almost constantly.  Governments are falling prey to this epidemic too.  Have you ever known a politician to tell the truth?

The plain truth is, people are just afraid to tell the truth.  Afraid you won’t vote for them, you won’t like them or you will hire someone else rather than them.  Lies have become the truth as we know it.  Therefore we know no truths.

This little funny has been passed around the Internet and it sort of gives an example of just how often we, as humans, lie.


John was a salesman’s delight when it came to any kind of unusual gimmicks. His wife Marsha had long ago given up trying to get him to change. One day John came home with another one of his unusual purchases. It was a robot that John claimed was actually a lie detector.

It was about 5:30 that afternoon when Tommy, their 11 year old son, returned home from school.. Tommy was over 2 hours late.

“Where have you been? Why are you over 2 hours late getting home?” asked John.
“Several of us went to the library to work on an extra credit project,” said Tommy. The robot walked around the table and slapped Tommy, knocking him completely out of his chair..
“Son,” said John, “this robot is a lie detector, now tell us where you really were after school.”
“We went to Bobby’s house and watched a movie.” said Tommy.
“What did you watch?” asked Marsha.
“The Ten Commandments.” answered Tommy.
The robot went around to Tommy and once again slapped him, knocking him off his chair. With his lip quivering, Tommy got up, sat down and said, “I am sorry I lied. We really watched a tape called Sex Queen..”
“I am ashamed of you son,” said John. “When I was your age, I never lied to my parents.” The robot walked around to John and delivered a whack that nearly knocked him out of his chair.

Marsha doubled over in laughter, almost in tears and said, “Boy, did you ever ask for that one! You can’t be too mad with Tommy. After all, he is your son!”  The robot walked around to Marsha and knocked her out of her chair.

About Angelo

a 59 year old man, father of 3 plus 2 step children. Retired from the health care field and now a homemaker, coordinator for Half Moon Bay Neighbourhood Watch program.
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