Would Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth liberate humanity or strangle us?
There’s a reason why the very premise of a lie-less world would make your skin crawl; it’s because the act of lying is so deeply embedded into human nature that our every word reeks with deceit.
It seems that we have forfeited the privilege to even assume truth in anything, but what do we call the people who don’t? Conspiracy theorists. For all the evangelistic do-gooders out there, my take on this is not positive – and it’s probably not even truthful. Let my sardonic tone indicate that I am deeply disturbed by the fact that we humans will never cease lying and that a world without lies is utterly impossible.
I’m sure this question of ethics has been explored by various pompous philosophy majors around the world in their edgy attire who believe they have the most profound answer to this nefarious question. But for the purpose of my exploration, let’s define a lie in the most rudimentary form as a “willful misstatement.”
A world without lies is much more than not being able to fraudulently tell someone a god-awful haircut is cute – the scenario is much deeper than that. It is the subliminal lying that we tell others and ourselves every single day. This type of deception is so engraved into our modern brains that getting rid of it would unravel our sociological constructs.
This premise also brings up ethical dilemmas which boil down to one aspect: choice. Does eliminating the concept of a lie strip people of choice? For the people who adamantly believe that a world without lies would be a sinless playground – you’re wrong.
I do not see eliminating lies as a purge of the sinful aspects of our modern society. Rather, I see it as taking our society back to the Stone Age and making us act like cavemen. The choice to have complex thoughts such as lying is a hallmark characteristic of modern humans.
Ultimately, it’s more valuable to assess why our world would crumble and revert us back to primitive times if we could only tell the truth. Often in philosophical debates about morality, this popular saying is thrown around: “there is never a lie because there is never a truth.”
If we changed our behavior to uphold this moral law, there would be more upheaval than just a truthful society. While I do dismiss the amount of dishonesty that our society has accumulated over time, I do recognize that a basis of comparison for our moral code regarding the truth and falsehood is also necessary for the cognizant organisms we claim to be.
A golden lasso around the Earth would make it pop like a zit.