Have you heard this expression before: “Do you swear to tell the truth, only the truth and the whole truth”? It’s the swearing-in statement in most law courts. “The whole truth”; what does it mean to everyday people?
Do you know that individual who will look you in the eyes and tell you a blatant lie in the presence of other people; sometimes in the presence of the bosses at work. They fully understand they are telling a lie, yet because the end justifies the means for such people, they still go ahead to utter that blatant lie.
In many phases of my life, I have known a few people like that. In all these years, I am still yet to figure out how a person could perfect this act. Imagine: you look at another human in the eyes and you tell them that you own the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean (lol) and you say it believably.
I remember watching the press conference of a foreign President when this VIP (Very Important Personality) gave out a fact that even an amateur politico knew immediately was false. This was in the full glare of the world. I was watching this press conference with my wife; the moment the President gave his facts, I asked my wife to please pass me my Samsung phone; I Googled the President’s statement; your imagination is as good as mine, the facts were flat-out wrong.
Why do these people behave like this? If you want to win “at all cost”, you will have to do some inhuman things. I wish I had opportunity to speak honestly with a person who has got this behaviour to get a feel of why they do it; maybe it is an issue with inferiority complex or the pressure to measure up, as against “win at all cost”.
“When Elon Musk was conceptualizing Tesla, he used to run the ideas by me. I was the one that gave him the idea about sending Tesla to space on the SpaceX shuttle. Even President Obama asked me to be part of his Advisers but I declined as I had my own ambition of becoming the President of China”.
Imagine someone who has never stepped out of Africa in their lifetime uttering this jargon. This is not an exact event, it is just an analogy about the magnitude of some of the lies I have been told. The discomforting thing for me is that some of these folks say those jargons like they believe it.
Is it inferiority complex or a psychological condition? I have no idea. Is it intentional or uncontrollable? Still no idea. The challenge is that as people begin to believe the lies, these individuals get better at performing these acts. If we all agree that these acts are bad, then we owe it to humanity to reconfirm the facts given to us by people with questionable behaviours and call out these individuals that consistently give out fake facts.
“Even if they scream Banana, Banana, Banana…check to see if the thing is not an Apple” (lol); I copied it from CNN.