1. On lying
Lying has some strong advantages. For example, why do kids lie? Here are a few reasons:
For a more complete discussion on this behavior, see the book entitled "Why Kids Lie," by Dr. Paul Ekman, Penguin books (1989).
- To avoid being punished
- To gain advantage
- To gain prestige
- To protect friends from trouble
- To protect yourself or another person from harm
- To win the admiration or interest of others
- To avoid creating an awkward situation
- To avoid embarrassment
- To maintain privacy
- To develop trust within their peer group
- To demonstrate your power over an authority
2. On camouflage
Afterall, isn't camouflage in the animal kingdom a form of lying? When used properly, it ensures your survival.
3. On war
And according to Sun Tzu on the Art of War (Lionel Giles, trans.)
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18. All warfare is based on deception.
19. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable;
when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we
are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away;
when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
Aha! or Ummmm.
Last updated 14 August 1995
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