I cannot guarantee that this story really happened. Call it apocryphal, if you like.
A student walks into a philosophy final exam and looks up at the blackboard to read the question he is going to answer. That question is: Why?
While he is considering his answer another student walks up to the professor, turns in his bluebook, and walks out of the room.
The professor opens it and instantly judges that the student should receive an A. The bluebook contains two words: Why not?
So, ask yourself this: Why not lie? This might help us to understand the recent incident where a much-admired politician got caught in a whopper of a lie.
Some people lie to gain an advantage. Some tell small lies to avoid offending friends and family. Others lie because they are afraid of the truth. Still others lie because they can get away with it.
Finally, there are people who lie because they are rewarded for it.
In that case, why not lie?
Imagine that you get caught in a lie. Some people are appalled, but others come forth to defend you. They say that it was only a minor distortion, that it was not relevant or germane, that you were in touch with a higher truth, and that those who denounce you have a darker purpose.
And besides, who is to say that lying is not therapeutic. Isn't a liar merely rewriting his or her life story. Isn't that what therapy is all about?
Of course, you might have to own up to your lies. If your supporters have been properly acculturated they will see this as a challenge to their capacity to offer unconditional love.
As you bask in the glow of this impassioned defense, you might say to yourself that lying is not so bad after all. Perhaps fiction is closer to the truth than mere facts. Besides, if lying has brought you fame, fortune, and power... why not lie?
Why not, indeed?