When is a lie not a lie?
If I tell you that if you give me an apple I’ll give you some chocolate, you might think that was a decent deal and hand over the apple. There you stand, licking your lips, anticipating a nice piece of chocolate.
What if, however, I didn’t tell you that:
- The piece of chocolate would be the size of a grain of sand
- The quality of the chocolate will be extremely poor
- You’re not going to get the chocolate until I decide to give it you
- I haven’t actually got any chocolate right now
- I’ll need you to pay for the chocolate upfront, actually
- I’m going to grub up your orchard
Have I lied to you?
Too late, I’ve got your apple and very nice, fresh and crunchy it is too. To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting you to give it to me – and I didn’t really want it.
Oh! I just found half a worm…
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha