How to Lie Without Really Lying

Lying without really lying is easy. Just embrace two simple ideas:

1. Language is powerful and can be twisted and distorted to mislead and manipulate people without their awareness or consent.

2. People are 100% responsible for everything that happens in their lives – including being unknowingly misled and manipulated.

Embrace these two ideas and you are free to tell others whatever it takes to take whatever you want.

Simply mislead others as necessary. Then, if they complain, assure them they are responsible for “misinterpreting” anything you said. This leaves your hands clean and your pockets full.

But beware: Not only can you fool others using this “logic” – you can also fool yourself.

And that’s no lie.

Originally published November 19, 2007