I was watching House the other night and I heard him say “Everybody lies.” I find this to be true. They show this every episode and I can see this in every day life: parents lie to kids, and kids lie to parents. Teachers lie to students, and students lie to teachers. The government lies to the people it governs, and people lie to the government. Everybody lies.
I have had many experiences dealing with this in my own life. My grandma had an asthma attack and we made her promise to quit smoking and she said that she would. But as everybody does, she lied. We found it out after she had her second attack, and she was very close to death. Everybody lies.
I see it at work all the time. The kid who is afraid of getting fired lies to the boss to save her job. Once a girl didn’t give the customer what she ordered, so she lied to the manager and told him that she didn’t order what she really had. To keep this lie going the girl then ordered what she had given out and cleared it before any one saw, so she would have a receipt to give the manager. She spent her own money to keep the lie going. Everybody lies.
As I said before parents will lie to their kids about everything. If the kid asks about sex they say the stork brings the babies. There is also Santa a stranger who brings presents once a year for no reason, and the parents tell the kids to watch out for intruders. The Easter Bunny a giant walking and talking rabbit that hops around hiding eggs and it came out of nowhere, and it has nothing to do with its holiday. There is no reason for half of the lies parents tell their kids, but they do. Everybody lies.
Even sometimes people lie even when their lives depend on it, like in House. Patients lie to cover up for something they did or some thing they just don’t want there family to know. They lie right up until they get cornered and are about to die. This just proves that humans will lie right to the very end. Everybody lies.
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