I hate it when people lie to me. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it.
I don’t hate lying in principle, but I hate it that anyone think they could pull the wool over my eyes like that. Who the fuck do they think they’re dealing with?
I was at a department meeting yesterday where one department member repeatedly lied to advance his cause (which I more or less also supported, to the extent that I cared about the issue at all). Some of the lies were non-quantifiable (they were essentially inaccurate value judgements), but two of them were things that were checkable (one involved numbers, the other some kind of university policy).
I pointed this out to a few other people in the department (not in front of the person who told the lies) and they didn’t care at all. Nearly all of my coworkers are tote-bagging milquetoasts, so they express everything in the Brooks/Dionne-style “while I disagree with my good friend blah blah blah”…but I couldn’t even get them to agree that the guy lied his ass off to their faces. Even when I showed them the evidence.
I have to ask…do you think most people hate being lied to? Or is it just me?