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If you were the only person in the world who could lie, what would you do?

Asked by jfos (7380points) March 15th, 2010
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Inspired by The Invention of Lying

If discovered that, in a non-lying world, you could tell something that was not the truth, what would you do? That is, what lie(s) would you tell? What would you try to gain? Would you try to be a leader of some sort?

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silverfly's avatar

I’d Lie.

Randy's avatar

I’d lie a lot. And when they told me I was lying, I’d lie and say that I wasn’t.

Fred931's avatar

I would just tell everyone that I was rich and famous and rich.

CMaz's avatar

I would rule the world!

jfos's avatar

@silverfly What about?


@ChazMaz How so?

phoebusg's avatar

I would lie to myself about not being able to lie… and then not lie. Or simply not lie.
A world without lies, why on earth would I spoil that for anything?

njnyjobs's avatar

They owe me money and it’s payback time.

Silhouette's avatar

I’d tell the kids cleaning and cooking would make them happy.

jfos's avatar

@phoebusg Topics: hypothetical, society, lying, please no anti-lying preachers

wundayatta's avatar

I would save my lying for times when I couldn’t be found out or it was very important.

phoebusg's avatar

@jfos that’s my answer, take it or leave it. It’s not a preach, it’s my answer. And yes, I accepted your hypothesis. Why are you forcing people to lie? It’s not like it’s the only answer.

jfos's avatar

@phoebusg I’m not forcing people to lie, but I meant for the question to be more of a “what would you lie about?” than “would you lie?”

CMaz's avatar

@jfos – “How so?”

If I was the only person that could lie. Everyone would always believe me. And even after being “caught” in a “lie”. They would not see it as a lie, because “they” would not understand the concept. Not ever being able to lie.

The saying, “there is a sucker born every minute”, would be a rather powerful too, for me.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I’d lie and tell everyone that I was the descendant of a long-lost emperor. My home country was an area about the size of Wisconsin, and located on the Washington state/British Columbia border, so I’d have to reclaim that land from Canada and the U.S. I’d travel for free and in style, because I would be a foreign diplomat to other countries. The people in my country don’t have to pay taxes, but they periodically owe me a back massage and an ice cream cone (waffle cones only).

jfos's avatar

@ChazMaz I agree with you there, but what steps would you take? For if you told everyone “I rule the world,” they would certainly ask you why.

CMaz's avatar

NO, they would say. Wow, I guess you do. Since it would have to be the truth.

But, my point is I would just bullshit my way to the top.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I’d keep my mouth shut so no one would learn what lying was.

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Bluefreedom's avatar

Honesty is the best policy. It’s against my nature to prevaricate.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I would never lie.

Wow. I almost convinced myself!

CMaz's avatar

@CyanoticWasp – You lie like a dog.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@ChazMaz you lie, sir! (Now we should step back and let some logicians go to work on those statements.)

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Be Ricky Gervais

Val123's avatar

What a boring world this would be…no more Santa, no more Easter Bunny!

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I would probably write a book like Senator Franken, only with the title: “Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at American Government.”

CMaz's avatar

No more Easter Bunny!?

What are you talking about!

davidbetterman's avatar

I would tell the truth. (Of course, that’s a lie).

Val123's avatar

@ChazMaz Nothing! Nothing! Shhhh! It’s OK!

ZEPHYRA's avatar

I would get rid of the Pinocchio nose-growing myth!

Pazza's avatar

Don’t all politicians work on this premise?

PhillyCheese's avatar

I’d lie to the rich. I’ll go to their doors, tell them I’m some sort of money collector and get some cash.
Then I’d donate 90% of it to charity and to my family overseas.

Or I’d become the best lawyer in the world.

IsseyBaby's avatar

Well i would lie if i really need to hehe

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