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?