Yes - another day of sunshine all the way. Living as I do in a rather hilly area, this kind of weather always worries me in case it ends in storms and flooding. Climate change is no doubt the culprit and I don't for one moment suggest it is a figment of imagination. But when we have a rotten Summer, as we so often do - I do tend to hear people my age complaining that the Summers are not like they were when we were kids. How every Summer was hot for weeks on end. I suppose memory is a funny thing.
However, that is not what I wish to raise today. I watched five minutes (on the News) of Dominic Cummings. I shall not watch the whole thing on tonight's programme, I don't suppose we shall ever know the whole truth. But it did set me thinking about lying. I am not speaking here necessarily about 'important' lying, although that in itself is a matter for debate - isn't all lying wrong?
So - m y question today is 'have you ever lied?' You obviously don't have to own up to it - in fact of course if you are an inveterate liar then you will obviously lie and say no. So let's think about the question in a different way - theoretically speaking is it always wrong to lie?
There are white lies: You are in a dress shop with your best friend and she comes out of the changing room to show you a dress she is contemplating buying: "Does my bum look big in this?" Bearing in mind that she hasn't yet bought the dress then I think it is kinder to say "Yes" if it does. If on the other hand she has bought the dress, is wearing it for an important occasion then surely a white lie,a fib if you like, is surely kinder - "No - you look lovely in it" fits the bill and does nobody any harm. I am sure we have all been guilty of this kind of fib at one time or another.
But many 'major' lies are not necessarily spoken anyway. In the case of Cummings versus Johnson we are never going to know the truth. Maybe the truth lies somewhere in between.
Oh dear. I think I have opened up a can of worms here and I need to put the lid on quickly. So just let's say - let he/she who has never ever lied under any circumstances - in words or in behaviour which amounts to the same thing - step forward and take the Gold Medal.