Sunday, 14 March 2010

Liar Liar Pants On Fire!!

"O what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive" - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion.
A lie is a type of 'deception' in the form of an untruthful statement, based on the intention of deceiving others through oral or written communication. Everybody lies to others, sometimes they even lie to themselves...but why? People often lie in order to maintain a secret, or to protect someone's feelings, or to avoid a punishment and to blame it on someone else. (Haha look at the disgust on that cricket's face, oh Pinocchio is such a terrible liar, yes?)

Looking back at the film, "Liar Liar" (1997) starring Jim Carrey, that contained alot of lying didnt it? Well obviously haha, says in the title. Just to provide a brief summary of the movie, Jim Carrey is a very successful lawyer who's career is based on lying and is divorced. This habit causes him to lie very much all the time, until on his son used a birthday wish to wish that Jim Carrey cannot lie for a whole day. This in turn, jeopardises his career until he finally found a loophole in the case in which he won through honesty, and reunited him with his family.

This film very light-heartedly portrays the consequences of lying constantly and how it it best to not lie. He also explains how there are good lies, such as in the scene in the playground where he recalls his wife asking if she looked fat...while pregnant. Like most of the people out there in this kind of situation, he lied rather then describing her as 'fat as a cow'. This kind of lie spares one's feelings. Therefore, good lies are acceptable to an extent, though there are times when honesty is the best path to take, especially when it comes to one's own improvement, for example, if a student was to write a terrible blog post such as this one, the moderator wouldn't just nod and say, "Oh good job Bloginator, good job!" no no no, the moderator would give Bloginator constructive criticisms and point out the flaws, so the Bloginator may improve on his essential blogging skills. Bad lies on the other hand, are used to hurt people, and these kind of lies are not acceptable as the person who is lied may suffer damage as a result of the lie.

More information of lying can be found on the link provided below:
(Liar Liar page on IMDb)

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