People lie to me every day. In the strangest ways. I find it fascinating.
Because I don’t just write.
I consciously set time aside to learn about things I’m interested in and things I have no (past) interest in. I want to know more about how the world works.
I also want to more about how people work.
So, I reach out and talk to people.
A LOT OF PEOPLE.
I estimated several years ago that I had talked to over 7,500 (new) people in one year.
Some conversations were short.
Many were not.
Some were in person. Some online online.
It’s grown since then.
This morning, alone, I’ve already answered 47 messages (email, FetLife), and I still have many more to go. 9 of them had already replied back at least once before I took a break.
I am fascinated by the human condition, and how we come to be the way we are and why we do what we do.
So, I ask questions in conversation (and obviously have conversations like this) to learn more.
What I’ve found:
People lie for all the reasons you think.
People also lie for all the reasons you’ve never thought of.
People lie about the things you’d expect.
People lie about the strangest, totally unfathomable things.
Or, replace “lie” with “act,” and it’s closer to the truth.
And so do I. And so do you.
Be we’re people. And people lie.