Why do people lie? Let’s start with you. When’s the last time you told a lie? And I don’t mean a big one. I mean a little one, say to protect a friend’s feelings, or to spare yourself embarrassment. I consider myself an honest person, but I occasionally lie. My daughter believes in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. While I didn’t tell those lies precisely, I have played along. Even today, I woke up thinking of a palatable lie I might tell a friend to avoid spending time with him and his new girlfriend out of loyalty to his ex-wife who is also my friend. There are a hundred things that I don’t say, or gloss over to keep the peace in relationships. Is keeping silent the same as lying? When it comes to lying, I have a lot of questions.