Life in the Fast Lane

Image“Life in the Fast Lane”

Well not quite.

These are observations I made over many years of being in the business world.

Now that I’m retired I can share them without fear of much, if any, contradiction… !!!

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A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Mark Twain, US humorist, novelist, short story author (1835 – 1910)

Why is it that people are always much more interested in lies than the truth..? I can only think that when someone makes up a lie, they have to embellish it with so much juice to make it palatable that by the time they are ready to release it, the issue has become a most interesting piece of news. Whereas, the truth, will always be bland by comparison. Of course, the other thing about the truth is that it cannot be changed – or shouldn’t be. There’s absolutely no excitement to being told what exactly happened, knowing that the facts generally speak for themselves, so no matter how many times you try to spruce them up, they will always remain the cold, hard facts. “Have you heard about Joe..?’ so the typical office-speak goes. “No, tell me.” “Well he went in to see his boss, had a blazing row, told him exactly what he thought of him, told him that he knew he was having an affair, and that the whole office knew.” You know the routine. The truth is that Joe went to see his boss and said, “I’m retiring next week.” In today’s digital world, lies travel at twice the speed of sound. In many cases these days, you can’t speak fast enough to get the lie out there. But if you put it on a blog, three zillion people know about it before you would have finished your sentence. I think that a lot of people gets their kicks out of being seen as important – “I know a secret that you don’t” seems to excite hordes of people, especially in the business world. Maybe they can’t climb the corporate ladder through skill, so they resort to making up little porkies to get attention. I don’t like people like that. And that’s the truth.

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