Anyone else see the movie, "The Invention of Lying"?
It was really awkward to watch, but then again, maybe that's in true form for the creator of "The Office", Ricky Gervais. It's dry, uncomfortable humor. But it did bring up a good question:
Is not saying anything considered a lie?In the movie, the act of lying didn't exist. But, you started to equate honesty with being downright rude. For instance, if someone asked you in the movie, "Do I look fat in these jeans?", you'd reply with a brutal "yes", but it didn't end there. The "yes" is followed with a barrage of sobering (yet truthful) insults as to why that person looks fat:
"...it's not just the jeans that make you look fat. It's the fact that you eat too much and don't excercise that makes it hard for the material to stretch over your expanding butt, and waistline, for that matter. In fact, I'm embarrassed to walk near you as people stare at the wedgie your ill-fitted jeans has created....", and so on, and so on. It makes you want to scream, "CAN'T YOU JUST SHUT YOUR MOUTH, ALREADY?!! You said enough!"
Is it considered lying if you refrain from all the "extras"? Some people consider omission a lie. Sometimes, I think omitting all the details is just being polite! So, if I were to say, "those jeans don't fit right," is that lying, even if the person asking does look fat?
...then again, how is it lying if it's based on opinion?