“216th” Story

Uncle Charlie was trying to make his two-year-old niece pay attention, but Sara didn’t listen.

Now, Charlie had to play some tricks to make Sara care to attend. He fisted his hand like he had something in it, and that made Sara go toward Charlie.

When James, Charlie’s brother saw Charlie’s fist, he jumped in the middle and without Sara noticing, put a chocolate bar between Charlie’s hands.

Charlie gave the chocolate bar to Sara, and when she left James said: “You made her believe that you have something in your hand for her. And if she would find out your hand was empty she’d experience a lie and would never trust you again.”

When we tell each other; If X-person calls, tell him I’m not home. When a mother tells her kid; If you eat your vegetables I will buy you ice cream, and she doesn’t.

When a father tells his daughter; When your mom comes home, don’t tell her I talked to grandma, and much more these lies, then these kids grow up and step into society, and when the teacher asks why don’t you have your homework? She or he would quickly come up with a lie and will say; My dog ate it.

If they become salespersons; they will lie to be able to sell.

If they become engineers; they will cut from the materials to make more money and build a poor-quality house.

If they become a surgeon, they will report a surgery that ended up killing the patient, a heart failure.  If they become food producers, they will use inferior parts and skins in the sausages. If they become the Ceo of an airline company; they will report a plane crash pilot’s carelessness.

And if they become politicians they will deceive people in any possible way to get into or stay in power.

Lies become a tool to reach their goals. Lies bring corruption and destruction to the community. Lies kill trust and communications spread cruelty and injustice. Lies dry the roots of society.

And believe it or not, we were the main source.

Dear friends don’t forget to read my books.

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  1. We had a pathological liar in our family. So when my brother and I grew up we realised that we were nearly unable to trust anybody. A very, very sad experience, and it took me decades to overcome this constant distrust…

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  2. I have reached a point where I believe very few politicians and not lying. Their lies further their own careers.

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  3. Lying is so destructive to character and relationships!

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  4. Thank you for sharing!!.. and what is sad is there are those that would rather hear the lie than the truth!.. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. (Isaac Asimov).. 🙂

    Hope your life’s journey is filled with joy and love and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  5. Amazing story of lies, that starts in the
    Childhood from the parents and
    Would grow up until they become
    Professional liars, and it’s a catastrophe.
    Thanks for always posting wonderful stories.

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  6. You have a wonderful cache of stories with a moral.
    Parents have a responsibility. They need to be people like who they want their children to be.

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  7. Laleh, I appreciate how much of your writing weaves a life lesson through the fabric of these stories. There may be no greater gift to share than our honesty.

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  8. I believe it alright .. just look at that nose. Fabulous Laleh! 💞

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  9. Very true, Laleh, and it seems we’re confronted with such practices more and more. It’s sort of like the truism that says a person who can be trusted with a little can be trusted with a lot. A person who can’t be trusted with a little cannot be trusted with a lot. A person who lies easily about inconsequential things will surely lie about big things.

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