By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)
Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone
It has been told, that Mark Twain said something similar to:
A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.
There is no proof that Mr. Clemens originated this statement that tells the truth on a lie, and some say that the phrase originated with the English fundamentalist Baptist preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He used the phrase in a sermon on April 1, 1855 and attributed it as coming from an old proverb. A side observation; Baptist preachers seem to be abundantly connected to this continuing saga (more later.) In the world of folks who delight in the fight, and attempt to deceive to win a round that has been lost — never to be regained — it is the manufacturing process for the lie that must give them a surreal satisfaction. How else to explain the actions of men and women, who pose as pillars of truth and high-standing in a community, if their actions don’t derive from enjoyment of the chase and deception after they have mangled their chance to win the race.
No matter where the credit is assigned for the proverb and the speed of a lie, the manner of the telling and its method of transmission, is enough to make one feel uneasy, if not downright “queasy” upon the first hearing of the lie. The fun for a victim of such treatment comes with the pursuit of those who would place their reputation on a high horse that will, of necessity, eventually throw a shoe and come to a crumpled landing. What is worse than the mere telling of tall tales is the trotting out of lies away from the community … so that the victim or victims of the lies have the stories come back to them from distant places.