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On Lying

Posted Nov 13 2009 10:01pm

On Lying

Thursday, June 5, 2008

“Never waste a lie when the truth will do.” – Jack Clancy

I appreciate the added comments on my Rules of Disengagement. The need to further add to them is always abounding. I decided I write a prequel post to my rules. It is with exigency I grant myself the occasional necessity to prevaricate. Okay, in English, I lie.

Recently, a phone call from an acquaintance of mine caught me unguarded. When I say “unguarded”, I was without my usual quick thinking manner in which I use one of my rules in order to extricate myself from participation in an activity. So I told the truth. I just said, “Um, no I don’t think I can- I am feeling rather unsociable at the moment.” There was a long pause and then my caller said, “All right then, I understand.” I hung up and that was the end of it. That was too easy. It doesn’t usually work out that way. Usually the person on the other line tries to fix me. I was fortunate to have gotten away without an interrogation, investigation, and an awful bundt cake.

My luck was short lived because right after that my sister called and wanted my niece to come to stay for the weekend. (Didn’t school just get out?) So I was thankful as Clancy suggested that I did not waste the lie on my former caller. I felt no emotion on telling my sister I had “diarrhea.”

By the way, thanks Marissa.

“Never waste a lie when the truth will do.” – Jack Clancy

I appreciate the added comments on my Rules of Disengagement. The need to further add to them is always abounding. I decided I write a prequel post to my rules. It is with exigency I grant myself the occasional necessity to prevaricate. Okay, in English, I lie.

Recently, a phone call from an acquaintance of mine caught me unguarded. When I say “unguarded”, I was without my usual quick thinking manner in which I use one of my rules in order to extricate myself from participation in an activity. So I told the truth. I just said, “Um, no I don’t think I can- I am feeling rather unsociable at the moment.” There was a long pause and then my caller said, “All right then, I understand.” I hung up and that was the end of it. That was too easy. It doesn’t usually work out that way. Usually the person on the other line tries to fix me. I was fortunate to have gotten away without an interrogation, investigation, and an awful bundt cake.

My luck was short lived because right after that my sister called and wanted my niece to come to stay for the weekend. (Didn’t school just get out?) So I was thankful as Clancy suggested that I did not waste the lie on my former caller. I felt no emotion on telling my sister I had “diarrhea.”

By the way, thanks Marissa.

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