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I thought of a few practical examples related to a form of lying called cheating:


How about putting yourselves in the hands of a surgeon who might have cheated on his tests, or in some other ways lied about his credentials and training?


Do you want someone like that holding a sharp instrument, getting ready to cut into your flesh? What if he cheated on his anatomy final, and doesn’t know where your spleen is? Up here, right?


That kind of scenario would lead to a couple of things you don’t want to hear a surgeon say in the operating room:


Wait a minute. If this is his spleen, then what’s that?


Hand me that...uh...that uh....thingie.


Or how about an engineer who would have flunked bridgebuilding 101, except he cheated on his final? Keep me away from any bridges he builds.


The world recognizes that, for a wide variety of practical reasons, we need to be able to trust, that what people tell us, is true. When people don’t tell the truth, havoc reigns, in society, in relationships. When people don’t tell the truth, it can have serious consequences. Did you ever stop to think how much of our world is messed up by lies? Did you ever think about many of the practical consequences of lying, and the ripple effect it has on our culture? We’ve seen it in heads of major corporations that lie about their companies’ financial picture, and cause millions of dollars to be lost in the stock market, resulting in thousands of people losing their jobs.


Think of that huge ripple effect. Our legal system relies on people telling the truth. Justice relies on truth-telling. Without it, there’s no real justice. And so much of our court system depends on getting at the real truth. In so many court cases, someone is clearly lying.


It’s the job of judges and juries to determine who’s lying and who isn’t. That’s not always easy, so justice is far from perfect.

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