After nearly four months of frank, honest, and open dialogue about the failing economy, a weary U.S. populace announced this week that it is once again ready to be lied to about the current state of the financial system.
Adults lie constantly to kids. I'm not saying we should stop, but I think we should at least examine which lies we tell and why.
Two kids on a school bus:
Lisa: Can't you see the difference between earning something honestly and getting it by fraud?
Bart: Hmm, I suppose, maybe, if, uh ... no. No, sorry, I thought I had it there for a second.
Saul Hansell, from last year:
How Wall Street Lied to Its Computers
Recently, The Economist:
Darker days lie ahead.
Cormac McCarthy, "Blood Meridian":
At dusk they halted and built a fire and roasted the deer. The night was much enclosed about them and there were no stars. To the north they could see other fires that burned red and sullen along the invisible ridges. They ate and moved on, leaving the fire on the ground behind them, and as they rode up into the mountains this fire seemed to become altered of its location, now here, now there, drawing away, or shifting unaccountably along the flank of their movement. Like some ignis fatuus belated upon the road behind them which all could see and of which none spoke. For this will to deceive that is in things luminous may manifest itself likewise in retrospect and so by sleight of some fixed part of a journey already accomplished may also post men to fraudulent destinies.
Nation Ready To Be Lied To About Economy Again