We live in a mendacious society, as members of a mendacious species.
The lies start with ourselves. When surveyed, something like 80% to 90% of people believe they are of above average intelligence, looks, and morals. Think that one through.
The little lies we tell ourselves to keep going in the face of adversity don’t bother me. The big lies do; especially those foisted upon us by corporate marketeers, government officials, and embedded in the “common knowledge” that we inherit while growing up, intended to shape our spending habits, our behavior, and our core beliefs.
Of course, the big lies have their roots in the little lies. Were we not a mendacious and credulous species, well-accustomed to lying to ourselves, the big lies would not thrive.
This blog topic is about those big lies.