Wednesday, January 19, 2005

People of the Lie

(With apologies to M. Scott Peck, the author of the book mentioned in the title of this post)

Condoleezza Rice responded to Barbara Boxer's recent presentation of her (Rice's) history of lies this way:
"Senator, we can have this discussion in any way that you would like. But I really hope that you will refrain from impugning my integrity."
What integrity? She is a liar. Alberto Gonzales is a liar. They are all liars. Have we as a nation become the People of the Lie?

Here are some quotes to think about:
The three-year-old who lies about taking a cookie isn't really a "liar" after all. He simply can't control his impulses. He then convinces himself of a new truth and, eager for your approval, reports the version that he knows will make you happy.
Cathy Rindner Tempelsman, U.S. Journalist. Child-Wise, ch. 2 (1994)
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Attributed to Benjamin Disreali by Mark Twain, Mark Twain's Autobiography, p. 246 (1924)

Emilia: You told a lie, an odious, damned lie; / Upon my soul, a lie, a wicked lie.
William Shakespeare, Othello, Act 5, Sc 2, 1. 180-1



1 comment:

  1. I am sure Ol' Will had the likes of Condi in mind when he wrote that line!

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