Not all lies are of the same breadth, depth and impact. Size does matter. By his own admission, Lance Armstrong is a liar. But lying only matters if you get caught — right, Bernie Madoff?
Wall Street cleared trillions by lying about the value of worthless loans, making the money lost in the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s and '90s look like chump change. Not only did Armstrong give Oprah Winfrey a scoop to boost her network's sagging ratings, Paramount Pictures is reportedly going to make a (probably profitable) biopic about him being a liar.
We all may be liars, but only some of us make society pick up the bill.
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The article makes the trivial point that to be tactful is to lie, but it misses the heart of the matter: Truth is beauty, as John Keats wrote. The key is the intention behind the words.