The quote we all know is this:
“Lies, damned lies, and statistics“
The phrase was popularised by author Mark Twain, who attributed it to the British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli:
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
Interestingly, the phrase is not found in any of Disraeli’s works and the earliest known appearances were years after his death.
Is this a lie or a damned lie?
Several other people have been listed as originators of the quote, and it is often erroneously attributed to Twain himself.
Or a white lie?
A White Lie.
A white lie can be categorised as information you have said that only includes things you want to say and excludes things that you do not want to say. Technically, in this case, while you have not said any lies you haven’t told the whole truth either.
A white lie could be considered a lie with good intentions. It could be a lie told to prevent an argument or bad feelings over something generally meaningless.
Bull Dust, or Black Lies, are lies told to gain a personal benefit.
The deceiver communicates misleading or false information to another person or group in an effort to gain something at a cost to that person or group [the deceived].
It is an exploitation purely out of self-interest by the deceiver.
A factor that influences whether people deceive is whether they think that they will be caught.
These are blatant untruths propagated for personal gain at the expense of the deceived.
They are fabrications of blatant fantasy created to push an idea that is false, with harmful to the person who is deceived.
It is theft.
It is fraud.
It is larceny.
It is abhorrent behaviour.
Walk away from those who seek to gain advantage by theft.
Those whose premise it is to deceive.
To not tell the truth.
To be blatantly false in their representations.
Life is too short to be tied up with bullies and charlatans whose whole premise in life is to gain advantage by putting others down by deceit and oppression.
You’re better than them.
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