And the dots kept flowing. Really they did. Like a spook held down the key as I typed.
This is a ‘what if’ post.
What if you had one wish? How does the Eminem song go?
What IF.., mine would be: Wait. Aren’t I supposed to, shouldn’t I ask what yours would be? It’s not that I don’t care. Au contraire mes amis. I do indeed Rodney. But this is MY what if.
There are a whole lot of what if’s that must accompany this. What constitutes a lie? If the person knows that they are falsely reporting then they are lying obviously. Though if Chicken Licken tells Lucky Ducky that the sky is falling down and Ducky Lucky, whichever way his or her name went, and the rest of the world believe that the sky is falling down, it’s not a lie. Just an error of judgement?
I can see how complex this can get. Chicken Licken is evidently the originator of the problem. Is this through malice and mischievery? (Is that a word?) If I leave it in because I believe it is and do not reference it, it may become an error but not a lie. Pretty soon many others are up to the same. Mischievery or mis-spelling. Seriously (ish) Chicken Lickens lack of analytical experience doesn’t make him a liar. And pretty soon his story is so good that half the world believes it and eventually somebody realises it’s all a big mistake. They do not imprison or corporally punish the poor bird, no.. They realise the worth of this story and sell it as fact.
Hey presto a book is born.
A friend of mine likes to say, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” This sounds like a media maxim.