Tell Me The Truth
I recently had an experience at work which reminded me of one of my biggest pet peeves. I asked a question regarding the rest of the days schedule and was given an answer which both parties knew to be false.
I’m not going to claim that I’m so important that I need to know everything that goes on. I probably wouldn’t have been too happy with a “none of your business” response. However, there is little more aggravating than being told a blatant lie. The sad thing is, this doesn’t just happen at work.
Lying in marketing
We’ve all seen it – those adds which tell you that this _____ is so cheap you can hardly afford not to buy it. We’re told that it will save us so much time and energy that it will revolutionize our lives.
What we are not told is that this time, money, and energy saving device comes with payments that will eat up a large portion of our income for years to come. What we are not told is that it will add stress to our daily lives when we have to figure out how to pay the bill. What we are not told is that we may have to add another source of income (translation – job) just to make the payments on this time, money, and energy saving device.
This type of marketing is used to sell many things. Cars, appliances, phones, tablets, computers, and homes (to name just a few) are all marketed so aggressively that many fail to understand the responsibility that comes with undertaking payments. I was once approved for a mortgage on which the payment would have been more than 75% of my total income! I’m glad I didn’t bite on that one.
However, in my opinion, there is another area of our daily lives in which the lying is much more blatant. We are beginning to find out that it is much more expensive as well.
Lying in government
We are in an era of almost unbelievable dishonesty in government. Every week something new is revealed.
- We continue to find appalling facts about the official denial and cover-up of the tragedy in Benghazi.
- We are told that it is in our best interest to cut our military while giving our fighter jets to a regime in Egypt that hates us.
- We are told that to get out of a depression or recession we have to spend more money that we don’t have and this will somehow create jobs and a healthy economy. In reality, it is likely that my grandchildren and their generation will still be paying the debts we are incurring today.
- We are told that a government bureaucracy can administrate our healthcare more efficiently and more fairly than private industry.
- We are told that it is in our best interests for the government to know every communication we have with anyone – whether that be by phone, text, email, or some other form of communication.
Most people realize that these things are ridiculous. However, we somehow seem to give our government a pass for lying to us – repeatedly and consistently.
I, for one, think it’s time for a little truth.
Thanks for reading my thoughts,