I had "one of those moments" this weekend.
My wife and I were talking about the challenge her employer is having attracting people to take advantage of the various services they provide. My 11 year-old son pipes up and says, "Why don't you do what the commercial people do?"
Me: "What do you mean?"
Him: "Well, they should tell the people about all the good things that could happen if they go talk to Mommy."
Him: "You know, not all of it has to be true."
I was reminded at once of the 1990 movie, "Crazy People." I wonder, though, was my son commenting on what he observes on television every day, or was he simply letting us know that lying is perfectly acceptable, a normal thing to do?
I'd like to think it's the former.
Lying - even stretching the truth - usually ends up coming back to bite us. The most recent example I can think of is that of CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is running for senator in Connecticut. It's easy to understand why he was less-than-truthful. It's amazing to think he thought he wouldn't get caught.
These days, anyone who speaks publicly anywhere and at any time, simply has to know there is never, ever such a thing as "off the record."