Most of us, as very young children, heard the George Washington cherry tree story …
Someone had cut down the favorite cherry tree of young George’s father. When asked if he had done it, young George said to his father, “Yes sir, I did it. I cannot tell a lie.”
In a modern parody of the “I cannot tell a lie,” story, young George is asked, “Did you cut down the cherry tree?” And he answered, “I cannot tell a lie, father, maybe I did and maybe I didn’t.”
Behind the humor there is a sad commentary on how far we have come in today’s culture in evading the truth or, to put it more precisely, how easy it has become in today’s culture to tell outright lies.
For example, is it not a wise parent who teaches a child not to believe everything he or she hears in the TV sales pitches?
And can you remember when you last accepted a political speech as…
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