I had a regular habit of telling lies as a child.
And so I spent a part of my childhood confessing to the lies I told.
It was a strange world to inhabit – telling lies and not realizing that all of them were lies. I saw some of them as negotiations so I wouldn’t get in trouble. Some of them were fantasies I wanted to believe in – and some of them were – embroideries. Just little – twists – on what might have been true. Some of them were whoppers I wanted to get some kind of seismic reaction.
When I performed as an actor onstage – I never considered the scripts as lies, but as the truth being revealed to those listening. (Audience memeber: “How could you remember all those lines?” Me: “Simple – they were all lies.”) (Okay, that’s a lie I never said that but I could have.)
Now I’m writing a script where there are lies – or half-lies – half truths in abundance. It’s interesting to re-visit that land again where the lies are hard to define.
Here’s a Ted Talk where Pamela Meyer talks about “Spotting a Lie”. I’m not sure I agree with all of her evidence – but I found it fascinating: