Lying….

According to a study conducted by Robert Feldman, in a ten-minute   conversation we tell an average of 3.3 lies-once every three  minutes or so. The most shocking study I have ever seen concluded  that we are lied to every five minutes, or an average of two hundred  times a day. Author Ralph Keyes, who has written an excellent book  on lying, concludes that “some form of deception occurs in nearly  two-thirds of all conversations.”

• Many wealthy parents take their kids “diagnosis shopping.” That  is, they go to multiple doctors until they find one who will say  their child has a slight learning disability because “an official diagnosis   of disability will allow their kids more time on the SATs.”  A better score may get them into a better college.
• Personnel officers estimate that nearly 25 percent of the information   they see on resumes is not just “padding” but “gross  misinformation.”
• As many as two million Americans have illegal offshore bank accounts   they use to evade taxes.
• Thousands of Americans are knowingly “pirating” cable TV.
“Americans are now stealing $6 billion a year worth of paid  television.”
• A 2002 undercover sting operation in New Jersey found 350 examples   of fraudulent practices at auto repair centers, “mainly for  the performance of unnecessary repairs. Some estimates of the  cost nationwide of auto-repair fraud run as high as $40 billion a  year.” By the way, they only examined six auto repair centers.

• Many wealthy parents take their kids “diagnosis shopping.” That  is, they go to multiple doctors until they find one who will say  their child has a slight learning disability because “an official diagnosis   of disability will allow their kids more time on the SATs.”  A better score may get them into a better college.• Personnel officers estimate that nearly 25 percent of the information   they see on resumes is not just “padding” but “gross  misinformation.”• As many as two million Americans have illegal offshore bank accounts   they use to evade taxes.• Thousands of Americans are knowingly “pirating” cable TV.”Americans are now stealing $6 billion a year worth of paid  television.”• A 2002 undercover sting operation in New Jersey found 350 examples   of fraudulent practices at auto repair centers, “mainly for  the performance of unnecessary repairs. Some estimates of the  cost nationwide of auto-repair fraud run as high as $40 billion a  year.” By the way, they only examined six auto repair centers.

The above is taken from The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ (The Apprentice Series) (James Bryan Smith)

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