Here in Australia we’ve recently had another politician shamefully resigning from his leadership position. It seems that politicians lie more than the rest of us probably because they’re in the public eye so we see it but it could also be because their egos are so big it’s beyond their comprehension anyone would question them.
In this latest case it started with a gift of a bottle of wine, not a delightful “Annie’s Lane” from Spud Sullivan’s but a $3000 bottle of “Grange Hermitage”. When they recovered from the fact that someone would pay that much for any drink I think most people would just accept the fact that someone might try and gain favour with an influential person. If the recipient is honest they don’t have to do anything other than enjoy the drink.
What destroys people’s faith is the continual lying, even under oath, until accepting the truth is the only option. At that point there’s no way resigning or admitting the truth is seen as honourable, it’s too late. More than the initial transgression we remember the waterfall of lies and how can you believe anything they say after that? We all need to trust others in our daily living and to do that we need to know that what they tell us is the truth.