By Anna Von Reitz
There are many, many kinds of lies.
It strikes me that I should review the basics for everyone.
There are outright old-fashioned lies that people tell and they can tell them to achieve something or they can tell them for no very substantial reason at all ---- like Fish Stories.
These old-fashioned lies run the gamut for lying to your wife about working late to lying to your best friend about what you are doing. People often tell such lies to avoid unpleasant consequences or fights or just to avoid hurting someone else's feelings or causing them worry.
These latter variety of "lies in a good cause" have been called "noble lies" but in fact there are no noble lies.
Lies about your weight, your health, your intentions, your job status, lies designed to impress others, lies to make others like you, lies to make others respect you, lies to make yourself look good, lies to avoid punishment, lies to excuse bad behavior, lies to gain something material --- a promotion, a new car, a good seat at the movies -- all these sorts of lies are common as dirt.
These lies are simple and driven by petty circumstance. Most people engage in them so constantly that they don't even notice they are doing it:
"I have to comb my hair!"
Well, no, you don't really "have to".