Today is Big Whopper Liar Day. Do they really need a day in which to celebrate lies? Is deception something we should aspire to? I don’t think so. One of my pet peeves is glorifying destructive ideas and terms.
This is one of the reasons I am so against practical jokes. I know some say it’s all in good fun, but I’ve seen too many practical jokes gone bad with some gruesome or devastating consequences.
Why does society glorify deception? Sometimes people respect the skill required to pull off a practical joke. Other times it’s the ability to get out of a sticky situation.
In some cases, they are called little white lies. In others, they are called fibs. Most lies are not meant to harm, though they are still meant to deceive and, as such, deception often has a way of causing harm whether or not it is intentional.
Though our parents have taught us that honesty is the best policy, society continues to glorify lying and honor those who master the art of deception…often not enforcing any consequences for their actions. Many sit coms today depict the main characters getting out of a tough situation by artfully lying. Many shows have kids lying to parents so they don’t get into trouble or even parents lying to their kids in order to keep them in line.
It’s curious to me that today’s society places such value on the skill of deception and grants such grace to the deceiver while, at the same time, almost seeking out any opportunity to take offense when clearly none was meant.
In contrast, tomorrow is National Respect Day. That’s something I can endorse wholeheartedly! So I say, why not skip Big Whopper Liar Day and go straight to National Respect Day. Do not sneak past go and do not deceptively collect $200.
What say you?
If you liked this post, read…Seven Reasons Why YOU Should Sign Up for the Art of Eloquence Newsletter!