Friday, February 8, 2008

Lying Is Always A Bad Idea

When I saw the story about the young man in Nevada who called a press conference to announce a major college signing, which turned out to be a lie, I felt sorry for the young man. I wonder what lead him to go that far. Maybe he thought if he did they would say, this young man wants to play for us so bad, let's sign him. Obviously he has some talent or the school would have known immediately it was a lie. He claimed he wanted to play Division I football more than anything. Unfortunately, he most likely won't get the chance. He also now has to live this down. I hope that he isn't given such a hard time that he decides to drop out of school. He has made a major mistake and now needs to learn from it.

Unfortunately today the sports pages are full of stories like this. We have the steroid scandal in baseball. Rafael Palmeiro swore before congress that he had never done steroids, then tested positive the next season. Barry Bonds denial has been met with universal derision. Roger Clemens now is facing scrutiny because of his claims. For his sake I hope he is telling the truth, but I am not sure. People should have caught on that your lies will come back to haunt you. Gary Hart challenged reporters during the 1984 Presidential campaign to prove he was a womanizer. They did. Richard Nixon swore he was not a crook, but the tapes proved otherwise. The list goes on. Bill Clinton, Michael Vick, and Scott Peterson all initially proclaimed their innocence, only to be proven guilty. It is time to go back to the old adage, honesty is the best policy. If you have made a mistake, it is not the end of the world to admit it and take whatever consequences there are. Life is a learning experience, and growth comes from trial and error. If you get it right the first time, great. If not keep trying. But admit it when you are wrong. It makes everything easier in the end.

For the record, countdown is now 6/2.


Alexandra Kitty said...

Good article, Howard. This is something I always have an interest in. Hoaxes like this one aren't uncommon, unfortunately. The supposed "benefits" of lying are always overshadowed and nullified by the consequences once the truth comes out.

Lying never brings any good. I agree with you that honesty is the best policy.

Jeff said...

Truer words were never spoken, man.

A Voice of Sanity said...

... Scott Peterson all initially proclaimed their innocence, only to be proven guilty

Peterson was never proved guilty. The 'mountain of evidence' all went to his innocence; no police force ever found any evidence against him. The evidence strongly suggests that Laci and Conner were killed by a woman trying to steal Laci's child for herself.