Truthfully, Was It A Lie?

We are currently rehearsing for the project "Zitite Pseftis", the top political satire by Dimitris Psathas, which will be performed at the Pallas Theater. I will be playing the role of "Pseftothodoras", a "professional liar" who came from a village to Athens for work, in order to make use of this talent. This role really got me thinking about lies; from big to innocent little lies, which are all part of all our lives.

Let's face it. We all lie! And for a variety of reasons, some do it more and others less. Besides, social standards consider that some, conventional lies are acceptable when, for example, we do not want to reveal a sensitive personal matter, distress someone or get away from an uncomfortable situation.

Experts say that lies are a sign of insecurity and that we use them to cover a negative feeling for ourselves, but it is still normal and expected to say some lies.

According to a survey I read, most people lie one or two times a day, and 84% of people think there are "acceptable lies," where its better to say an innocent lie than to make someone feel bad.

The truth is not always accepted and it often comes with a consequence that some are not willing to face. On the other hand, telling the truth can be difficult, but it is also redeeming. It brings you closer to others, especially those that deserve to be told the truth. Nietzsche stated his philosophy about lying by saying: "It does not bother me that you have been lying to me, but from now on I can not believe you." Perhaps the fear of a lack of trust will eventually make us think again before saying another lie next time.

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