The Algebra of Truth

Say that two plus two equals three
because you can’t remember the answer you were taught,
and all you are is wrong.
You are no liar. But you are still wrong. Not different. Wrong.

Say that two plus two equals three
because that’s what you were taught to believe,
and you should find yourself a new teacher.
You’re still no liar. But belief doesn’t make you any less wrong.

Say that two plus two equals three
as the basis for your art,
and you might have a good future as a fiction writer.
You’re still no liar. But you should learn to distinguish.

Say that two plus two equals three
because that’s the punch line of some riddle or joke,
and you’re not all that funny.
You are no liar. But you are really not all that funny.

Say that two plus two equals three
when you’re the accountant for a company with losses of 2+2=5,
and you’re not just doing your job.
You’re a liar. Because you know the truth.

Say that two plus two equals three
when you’re the engineer building a bridge people will use,
and you’re putting lives at risk.
You’re an irresponsible liar. And you should lose the lawsuit.

Say that two plus two equals three
when you’re the nurse with the needle dispensing lethal drugs,
and you’re choosing to do ill.
You’re a malicious liar. No good will come of your lies.

Say that two plus two equals zero
about someone who has always treated you like more than infinity,
and you will never be able to take it back.
You’re a pathological liar. Even the goddess turns her back.

And then there’s you,
who finds others you can mislead with your version of two plus two
and you know what you’re up to.
You’re worse than any liar. You’re your own lie.

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7 Responses to The Algebra of Truth

  1. No one loves the truth?
    But they do so love to lie, lie, lie.

  2. Reblogged this on clarior e tenebris and commented:

    ⠀⠀⠀⠀
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Untrustworthy is she
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀who will laud
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀the fabrications
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀of a fraud,
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀whose words are lies,
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀whose actions cheat,
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀whose dreams are drenched
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀in destructive deceit.


    prompted by Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire at the Daily Post

  3. maggie says:

    I know how much you hate math, but on this you scored perfect.

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