Re: virus: Advice, and lies

Mark Hornberger (
Sat, 05 Apr 1997 18:14:37 -0600

At 09:31 PM 4/4/97 -0500, you wrote:
>This revelation strikes me as particularly true, today:
>1) The most useful piece of advice you can ever give anyone is:
> "Don't listen to me, I'm trying to manipulate you to my advantage."
Ah, but most useful to whom? And if I'm trying to tell you that your house
is on fire, and you refuse to listen out of a belief that I'm just trying
to get mine... well, I hope your insurance was current. Of course, if I
was an insurance salesman... but then I would have had to warn you before
the fact, but if I already knew it was going up in flames, I wouldn't want
to insure you anyway... but don't listen to me; I'm trying to manipulate
you to my advantage. I'm just unclear on what my advantage would be. Care
to clarify?

>2) The most deceitful lie is:
> "Do as I say, not as I do."

But what if I'm one of those rare birds that also does what I say? Hmmm, a
dilemma. #2 isn't framed as a statement of fact anyway, but a command,
ergo it can't be a lie, anyway. And how is one lie inherently more
deceitful than the next? By definition, a lie is a lie, no?