Can you believe it? What a story! What is true and what is not? As a bicyclist who has read Lance's autobiography, I had a little more interest in what was happening. I always thought and hoped he was telling the truth about racing without any performance enhancing drugs or blood doping.
Can you believe his confession? Or was that confession just a lie also? There seems to be some evidence that he lied on Oprah also, at least the anti-doping agencies think so. Supposedly, some readers of body language also believe he told lies during his confession. Even others have expressed that he has ulterior motives behind his confession. So, how do you believe a liar? Not just Lance, but any liar.
With all the articles about Lance and his lies about his bicycling exploits, there have also been written many articles and blogs about scientific studies of people who lie. One article from the Los Angeles times was titled, "Like Lance Armstrong, we are all liars, experts say." We might not tell such a big lie and a lie that lasts 15 years, but then again, we might. Either way, the studies say that most people play around with the truth in some fashion. Not many people tell their friend that they hate their hair cut, for example. Or, what about the parent who tells their child about Santa Claus? You might be surprised by the half truths or white lies that we tell. Just answer the question, "How are you today?" "Fine" Enough said.
Do I have a purpose for my rambling? I am amazed at how common place lying seems to be. Do you wonder why our hearts are so hard to other people? Who can believe anybody? Thus, who cares, for they probably aren't telling the truth? All these lies have led to mistrust and cynicism. All these lies lead to a decay of society. How can a nation be strong if there is little truth? How can a family be strong if there is little truth? How can there be any intimate relationship without truth?
Of course, this is nothing new. Jesus said something radical to Pilate, "I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." Pilate's response: "What is truth?" Pilate too lived in an age of lies. He couldn't believe anyone either. What happened to the Roman empire? It collapsed. Like most lies, and like most liars, and like most relationships, if not nations, based on lies. These all collapse.
By the way Jesus claimed, "I am the way and the truth and the life." I think I am going to try to follow him. I think it would be good to hear the truth for once.