Monday, November 19, 2012

Top 5 Reasons We Lie

Who knew judges could be so funny?  In the recent decision of U.S. v. Alvarez, Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Kozinski gave 32 examples of times and reasons we lie.  Judge Kozinski said, "Saints may always tell the truth, but for mortals living means lying."  The list provides amazing insight into one of our favorite federal judges.  We lie to:

5: to avoid embarrassment (“That wasn’t me”) - A fart joke?  Yep.

4: to maintain domestic tranquility (“She’s just a friend”) - Pretty benign until you remember these are examples of lies.  So she's not really just a friend, you dirty, dirty judge.

3: to duck an obligation (“I’ve got a headache”) - He's heard this before.  Maybe from his wife after he's told her some other chick is "just a friend"?

2: to avoid social stigma (“I just haven’t met the right woman”) - I'm not sure if this is supposed to be an implied example of closeted homosexuality, or just an old, single loser.

1: to defeat an objective (“I’m allergic to latex”) - Obviously told by surgeons who don't wish to wear gloves.  Obviously.

The Judge continued, "Of course, lies are often disbelieved or discovered, and that too is part of the pull and tug of social intercourse.  But it’s critical to leave such interactions in private hands, so that we can make choices about who we are.  How can you develop a reputation as a straight shooter if lying is not an option?"

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