Quick! Who invented the sewing machine??
If you don't know, don't bother googling. I'll just tell you. It's me.
I'm working on an assignment for a class and trying to lie. In short, we're going through a process of inventing something that's actually already been invented and, while doing so, we're pretending that it hasn't yet been invented.
So I chose to invent the sewing machine. And what a wonderful invention it is, if I do say so myself!
It's strangely challenging to play like it doesn't exist. I have to come up with several alternative concepts on my way to selecting the right design. The alternatives are difficult because the right design already exists! But I'm having fun conceptualizing epic fails.
So it's got me thinking about lying in general. I'd like to think that I'm not very good at it, but know I can do it in a pinch. I remember watching a Ted talk once about how we're lied to most every day from 10 to 200 times, and that we all do it. Certainly, some lies are more harmful and mean spirited than others, and I THINK I don't do those kinds.
Heck, we've never even had the Santa Claus game going on at our house, nor that of his cousin the Tooth Fairy. I know there are those who say it makes Christmas and dentition more "magical" for kids, but Magnum and I just couldn't bring ourselves to play along.
But I do go along with the harmless ones like, "Ha! You're funny!" or "Nice hair color!"
Then there's the playful ones, like when I get a text from the phone company or such during dinner and Magnum asks what it is and I tell him, "It's just my lover, wondering about your schedule this week". At least I think he knows I'm lying, but it's good to keep him on his toes.
I watched a movie recently for which lying is a central theme. Lies and their motives, reactions when a lie is uncovered... The movie is "Wreckers" (bad plot synopsis on Rotten Tomatoes, ignore it), and it's the one I was going to watch for the Super Bowl, but then the Super Bowl ended up being watchable this year. So I watched the movie in snippets last week while doing other things. In all, I think I watched it at least two times over those snippets.
I won't lie (see what I did there?), I mainly chose it because Benedict Cumberbatch is in it, but I liked the movie. I thought the performances were all well done, and I also liked how we weren't spoon fed all of the motives behind some of the actions of the characters. We're left to draw our own conclusions.
I'm sure some people would think the film moves too slowly, want things to be more spelled out, or won't like that it doesn't wrap up so nicely at the end. But I liked it, it made me think. Plus, well... Benedict Cumberbatch. It's a different role for him, not the usual pompous intellectual.
Do you consider yourself a "good" liar? Is there a lie that was difficult for you to tell?
Welp, I gotta go. Benedict Cumberbatch just texted me. He wants to see my secret working sewing machine prototype.