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I Am An Optimist, But I Am Not A Fool: Lies I’m Not Buying

July 11, 2010

For Saturday, July 10, 2010

I don’t mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy. • Samuel Butler, Note-Books, 1912

One size does not fit all. I usually only think about this when I’m in a store looking at a childsize piece of so-labeled ladywear hanging on the rack in the women’s department, but this morning I found a shiny gold tag proclaiming this oft-repeated untruth in the motel parking lot. Someone anonymous once said that if you want to ruin the truth, you should stretch it. This is also true of those o-s-f-a duds.

“Fits most” is another variation of the promise. Not quite as bad, but still disheartening when your arm won’t fit into the leg of the pants so tagged. I’m an average size person. I am not tiny, but I am not huge, and I am often not “most.” This is disheartening, but less so than not being “all.” These little lies remind me of the bigger ones I’m being sold.

Adolph Hitler said, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” I’m being sold lies about war, about human relations, about education, about just about everything that matters to me, and the ongoing challenge of my life is to recognize the lies and live in the truth that I must discover for myself, trying on ideas to see if they fit and discovering that truth is no more than one-size-fits-all than a pair of black spandex leggings.

What lies have you been told?

It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen. • Homer Simpson, ” The Simpsons