What would happen if we Couldn’t Lie?

by on March 14, 2010


Over our usual utterly English, cholesterol-laden but oh-so-delicious Sunday breakfast, The Center of My Universe and I got to discussing what would happen if we Couldn’t Lie.

Seen the movie ‘Liar, Liar’?
Well, like that.
Any attempt at an untruth would be stifled with a gagging, chocking action as the words lodged in your throat. It wouldn’t matter if it was a little white fib (“I’m fine, thanks”) or a great big whopper (“I was hiking the Appalachian trail …”), anything less than true would be literally unmentionable.

Now just imagine what could happen …

You could go into every prison and ask each inmate – “Are you guilty of the crime for which you’re incarcerated?”. If he/she says yes – that’s it then. No parole, no years on Death Row. No appeal court or lawyers needed. (Of course, if they say no, you could always hedge your bets and ask if they’ve committed a crime for which they Should have been imprisoned – just to be safe!)

And as a side note – I’ve got dibs on asking OJ first!

You could ask your spouse/significant other – “Do you love me?”. If the answer is yes, you can quit nagging/worrying already!

Could you imagine the complete and utter havoc/change/upheaval this one little distinction would create in our political arena??

Ooh so delicious to think about?

“President Bush, did you Know that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but went ahead with the war anyway?”

“Members of the FDA, do you take money from lobbyists at the expense of the national health? What cures are you withholding because of the possible losses that would be suffered by big drug companies?”

“Does anyone know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa?”

“Raise your hand if you’ve taken steroids….”

Of course, all this truthfulness would also have some not so pleasant repercussions …

“Mommy, is Santa coming?” “No, darling, because he doesn’t really exist.”
“Do I look fat in this?” “Ummm….”

OK, so maybe absolute honesty all day, every day, would be a little hard to swallow, but imagine if we could have Just One Day where nobody could lie.

We could call it WORLD TRUTH DAY and we could prepare the questions we want answered.

We could even call a United Nations summit on that day and get some international subterfuge cleared up for good. “Hands up if you have nuclear weapons ….”

Just think how everyone, from Presidents, to illegal immigrants, to tax preparers, to your delinquent teenager, would have to clean up their act all year round, because they’d Know that they would have to answer some awkward questions on Truth Day!

So while polishing off the remains of my toast and marmalade, I got to pondering the kind of questions I’d like to ask and who I’d like to have answer them.

Of course it would be really cool if you could call back the dead guys and get some of the major planetary mysteries cleared up. Not just the historically fascinating ones – like who built the pyramids and whether Churchill and Roosevelt did in fact have advance warning of the attack on Pearl Harbour – although that would be awesome and would probably put a whole bevy of historians behind the drive-thru line at McDonalds.

But I’m thinking more of the kind of questions that people Believe they KNOW the answers to, and will maim, destroy and kill to defend their right to be right.

Questions like “Was Jesus real?”; “Did Mohamed really condone killing of non-believers?”; “Whose version of God is correct?”.

Perhaps we would find out at the end of the day, that none of the answers would really matter if everyone just told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

And as I savoured my last mouthful of toast and marmalade, and began clearing the dishes, I was left with two final questions:-

“What questions would YOU ask?”
and
“Why can’t we live like that any?”


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Sunshine & Baba March 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Interesting topic talk on a lovely Sunday. Enjoy reading your posts.
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Tracey Keefer March 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm

As always, introspective and humorous, how I love your posts!
Not sure where I sit on this as one who has things they’d rather leave pack in the back of the closet, although nothing too bad that would require jail time or anything! LOL
This questions is an example of the proverbial double- edged sword, pick your poison, the truth heals and destroys, each side having brought the greatest of men to their knees no doubt.

“Dream, Believe, Become…”
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Lori Thomas March 16, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Oh, it would be so fun and interesting to see The Truth Day played out, what a good idea for a Day. In the past few years, I have gotten much more truthful about myself and about many things that I express and let people know about. I do speak my mind quite a bit and some people do have a hard time with it, as I see it in their reactions and in the things that they do not say back because of fear but I am so glad that we still have the choice to tell things the best way that we see fit for the situation and sometimes that does require not telling all that you know and bending the truth a bit.
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Val Wilcox March 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I love it! That would be an interesting time, wouldn’t it!? You always seem to take something so simple and turn it on it’s side to look at it from another angle.
Thanks for your refreshing insights,
Val
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Danielle Zack March 31, 2010 at 12:19 am

What a day ‘Truth Day’ would be. I would love just one day to get nothing but the truth. What I think it comes down to is, when we tell the truth our lives are more enriched. When we are open and honest and simply ourselves, life is happier and easier.

What a great discussion to have. I love those intriguing thought provoking discussions.

Thanks Jackie for the discussion and the humor. 🙂

~Danielle
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Debbie Wood April 2, 2010 at 6:28 am

Wow, this is a great post! Liar Liar is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s one that you start laughing right around the beginning somewhere and literally don’t stop until it’s over. Then when it is over you inevitably start thinking about what it really would be like, what you would like to ask your kids, your parents, your friends.

Very thought provoking and brutally honest your post is! Thanks for the great information. I will pass it on and hopefully get others to thinking.

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Jacqueline Gates April 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

So, goddess Debbie ~ what you would ask whom?

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Darlene Davis April 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Well Jackie,
Since you already have dibs on OJ, I would ask who were the assassins behind the grassy knoll that shot JFK? Was Timothy McVeigh part of a conspiracy? What were Ron Brown and Vince Foster’s last thoughts? Or Marilyn Monroe’s? Okay … this could go on all day.

GREAT post, Queen Jackie! Got me on a roll …
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belinda cunningham May 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Wow love this idea. I find it very hard to lie at the best of times especially if asked a direct questions. People find my honesty too much and I always seem to get in hot water for it, I just want to be me without people telling me that I can’t be that way. So I love the idea. The first question I would ask is of my mum. Am I adopted?

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Jacqueline Gates May 9, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Goddess Belinda, that’s quite the question! I’m adopted, but always knew and wouldn’t have changed it.
Questions are always powerful ~ ‘Am I adopted?’ is HUGE!

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Daryl@Philips Airfryer November 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Hi, This is my first post here although I have enjoyed reading many of them and your sense of humour! Many thanks for this post which I found today it did make me chuckle and give me food for thought at the same time.

I have often considered what it would be like if we couldn’t lie, my partner and I even had a close discussion about it when we watched the film and again when we watched the film “the invention of lying” starring Ricky Gervais.

It would be a crazy world I definitely admit, although I wonder what is worse…not being able to lie or being able to read body language and tell tale signs so effectively that you knew without a doubt every time some one lied to you! I would have to opt for the latter…Imagine that….

Anyway, back on topic….who would I ask and what….mmm not too sure but i would imagine it would be something clever! haha.

Thanks again for cheering me up today.
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