Liar, Liar

I have unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter at the moment. I think it is a repressed depression from my youth when unfortunately (and unfairly) I was not accepted into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; a rejection that has turned me as bitter as Aunt Petunia.  Perhaps they have a postgraduate school I could apply to.  Throughout the whole series of books I am so surprised that Harry was never more pissed off with Dumbledore, most especially the point he is informed that has to die in order to kill He-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named. (Major spoiler, I apologize.)

I think the ability to lie is ingrained in us all and those that claim they are always honest are actually the biggest liars. I lie, you lie, we all lie, whether that be to our boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, friends, it doesn’t matter. We all lie.  But when does a slightly exaggerated story become a full blown, dug yourself a hole, can’t turn back now lie? Every time I lie I regret it immediately; it’s that moment that you have been caught out and your stomach sinks, heart stops beating, and instant heat rises to your face, when you try and come up with some way out. That’s the problem with us humans, the moment we have been caught lying we instantly try to invent a new story to cover the last one; we literally cannot help ourselves! I think it’s a glitch in evolution.

I suppose it can be argued that at times lying can come from a sort of innocent place. Sometimes we lie because we are embarrassed about a situation or too afraid to hurt the people that we love, but then…is lying an act of love?  Honesty hurts people. Lying hurts people. It’s like a double edged sword, and it seems to me no matter what we do whether we lie like the devil or swear to honesty we will always end up hurting someone.

What is truly the difference between “Your legs looked so good last night” and “I swear I didn’t cheat last night”?  Where is the line drawn between a kind lie and a killer lie?

 

…I don’t even know why I am on this rant, there is not even a definite conclusion or answer to this blog. So if anyone comes up with one, let me know.  Also let J.K. Rowling know, I think Dumbledore and Harry might have issues…