‘How’s your day been?’
‘Very well,’ you reply with a suitable smile, knowing it’s been anything but that. It’s a white lie we tell with ease… and accept. Even the listener approves of such lies.
It’s polite conversation. Social acceptance wins the day.
No one really wants to know the bad stuff. It’s all about the greeting not the content. Answering returns the greeting in the most polite way. Accuracy and honesty takes a back seat.
Lying is an integral part of human communication. Through language, it helps relationships by bringing people together. It also entertains.
Little white lies are created for things like: Santa Claus and The Tooth Fairy. They are also comfortably woven into the tapestry of language and life. They make us smile and sustain bonds through storytelling.
They too are the little white lies that we live with, without regret.
There is another little white lie that snakes its way into conversation.
The Little White Lies: The lie Never Spoken
Don’t get me wrong, silence isn’t always a reptilian of the forked kind, sometimes it is just what it is: a nil-response with zero intention. Often it’s not. In fact, rarely it’s not nothing. Saying nothing is about doing something. Abstaining from words withholds vital information.
What really matters is the intention behind any lie… but how do you know intention?
You don’t. Trust is intention’s anchor. Little white lies and those truths hidden under a cloak of silence should be allowed to remain innocent until proven guilty. Waging war without fact is pointless and potentially destructive.
The next step goes in one of two directions. One raises that anchor to seek another fact, the other stays put and puts its faith in trust.
In SEETHINGS, trust is used as a weapon of abuse. It’s drowned in a rich blackness that cannot be ignored. Little white lies are the keys to the narrative and you won’t see the biggest lie coming when it hits. Your jaw will drop.
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‘Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.’ – Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’