Responses to lies we tell kids. (By Paul Graham).

 “Adults lie constantly to kids. I’m not saying we should stop, but I think we should at least examine which lies we tell and why.”


For starters, the Essay – Lies we tell kids – I believe is an analytical marvel. Not only does it talk about the reasons that we lie but also the intent and the history behind all of this lying. Despite the fact, that for the last 15 years a mist of deceptive fog has clouded my whole life, I actually liked reading and deciphering this essay.

Unlike many other tedious essay that I had read in the past, the special attribute that in this case make this essay so appealing to me is because we has some first hand experience of the topic. Not saying that we may not be able to understand the works of Shakespeare, because we weren’t physically present in his time. But instead I’m saying that because we have to deal with this nearly everyday of our childhood, it actual interests us, as we want to know the answers to previous ‘truths’ our parents told us.

Despite this, I still believe that within this essay some important information has been left out. For example, the essay has a limited range of examples that it talks about, and even the issues discussed I believe have a restricted significance to certain people from different places around the world. ‘Thanksgiving’ is an example of this, as this activity is greatly restricted to America. So how can people in other places understand the illustration given when most people have never celebrated Thanksgiving? As said above, I think the analysing of a more relevant lie would be more appropriate as an example. Such as, the Easter Bunny given Easter is celebrated by many people around the world, not just christens.

Linked to the topic of the Easter bunny, one of the things that was not mentions in this essay was how the lying was benefiting certain people, money wise. For instance the creation of the Easter Bunny and the Red and white Santa Claus is one of the greatest marketing campaign ever created. Given, a child is more likely to want a choc-bunny or egg when a bunny rabbit is featured on the packet, rather than if a troll or goblin was smiling on the rapping.

So, what do I think about the idea of lying to kids? Bluntly I believe that without all of this deception and deceitfulness, life for a child would be one ordeal after another. Given that, this habit of lying to kids has overall created a safe sanctuary successfully secluded from the real world.

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