There's an innate desire among humans to know and to be known, but there's also a strong-willed desire to be accepted. When the chance to be known is outweighed by the threat of being ostracized, I choose to hide. It's a shame.
Fearful of appearing biased, the elite political press failed to call sufficient attention to the Republican Party's radical agenda and disdain for facts. The result is that in the name of balance, the press actually put its thumb on the scale, and prevented a true reckoning.
What would the world be like if we all became better at catching lies in the making? Would there be less lying all around? Maybe not, but there would likely be fewer victims if people could learn the signs and signals that they're in the process of being duped.
All the recent public talk about truth and deception got me thinking about the phenomenon of lying. I wish I could say that from this day on, I'll never tell a lie. But here's what gives me pause: the story of my departed grandfather.
Especially when it comes to perpetrating crime and enabling malice, we live in an age when lying and deceit are increasingly tolerated, and not necessarily the exception. High-stakes lying is out of control.
Mitt Romney at times seems close to closing that sale with the entire American electorate. In just a few more weeks, with a bit of luck and his bushel of billionaire bucks, he just might beat Barack Obama to become the 45th president of the United States.
Mitt Romney is the poster child of big business expediency, where truth is less important than closing the deal. And if he gets elected we'll see a reprise of the Wild West days that ended in the 2008 crisis.
"A debate is where truth goes to die." That was the first line out of the mouth of Dr. R.H. Flutes, head of the Lying Institute of America. Following the first debate between Romney and Obama, I decided to visit him once again.
Self-proclaimed pundits have had a field day claiming that everyone on the debate podium "lied". But as with any word in the English language that is over-used (and thereby trivialized), this may be a time to reflect on that word.
The pundits were telling us, before last night's Great Debate that such occasions reveal the real man. In Romney's case, that proved disastrously true. And the real Romney turned out to be a steroid version of the same man we have been watching all along