Upon meeting someone new I sometimes play a game I call, “Four Truths and a Lie.” It’s a simple game and I always clue in my new acquaintance before beginning. As the name implies, I tell four truths and one lie, and in my game all five statements are about me.
For instance I might say:
I am fifty-seven years-old.
I was born in the Midwest.
My mother was born in 1920.
I am unmarried.
I have two children.
Four of those statements are true and one is a lie. The lie is number four. I am married to a kick-ass woman I affectionately call the goddess Durga, a moniker I assigned to her because of her fierceness. Four Truths and a Lie is a fun, engaging ice breaker; please feel free to steal the idea from me. (BTW- Presentation is critical. Successful deceit requires stating all five statements convincingly or, if you’re devious, stumble over one of the truths but sail through the lie. I’d also suggest not presenting the lie last, that tends to be a tell.)
Four Truths and a Lie is a fun game and, since I tell my new friend up front what the rules are, it’s also innocuous. Hey, no harm no foul so long as we’re all in on it and in the end I state which “Truth” is actually a Lie. But what about lies slipped in with truths? Lies that are neither innocuous nor revealed? I find this disturbing, devious and dangerous.
Examples of mixing lies among truth abound. I have a friend who posted this meme:
We could argue about the verity of the seven pro cannabis opinions stated as fact but number three is the one that sticks in my craw. Cannabis does not cure cancer and stating that something is a cure for cancer that is not is completely reprehensible.
Why? Because convincing the cancer riddled that a quack treatment will cure them increases the chances that the afflicted will not seek out medical help that might prove life saving.
Did I say reprehensible? I should have said criminal.
Cannabis, marijuana, pot laws in the USA are crazy! Cannabis as a Schedule One Drug, a designation equating it with heroin and making research regarding it a Federal Crime, is an obscenity. I am not now, have never been nor plan to be a toker but cannabis should be treated similarly to alcohol, studied both long and short term, regulated, -we know it affects brain development adversely and should not be used by youngsters- taxed and made available. But when people claim it cures cancer they are implicit in homicide, rendering number four, “ZERO DEATHS IN HISTORY” a highly debatable statement.
Cancer is no game, it is now the leading cause of death in the USA and effective treatment is paramount. Can cannabis play a role in cancer treatment? You bet! It has been shown to curtail nausea, up appetite, help fight depression, treat pain and more, but it is not now, never has been, nor ever will cure cancer and to state otherwise is a lie of the insidious and deadly kind.