What would you do?

When faced with a situation where agreeing to a lie, not so harmless lie, might save your life but destroy whatever is left of your honour or insist on truth and die?

(Eric Alagan has weaved a great tale in his novel, song of the ankle rings.)

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

25 thoughts on “What would you do?

  1. john zande says:

    “Might” save your life is a little too ambiguous.

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  2. Arkenaten says:

    Ditto what John said.

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  3. One of the life lessons I learned in the army and in other stressful situations is that what people say they would do has no correlation to what they would actually do. For example, everyone capitulates to torture even though they typically tell their torturers exactly what they want to hear be it truthful or not.

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    • makagutu says:

      I don’t think I would stand torture. I would weave stories as long as I am not tortured

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    • Scottie says:

      Hello Robert. Very true. When I was in West Berlin basically surrounded by the Soviets we took classes on how to give up information and to keep the worst from happening to you as best you could. The idea that you say nothing except “name , rank, and serial number” is an old myth that would get you kill, normally in very painful ways. The idea was to give them little bits of information about your self first as that ways they think they are breaking you down. The classes said they would focus on your family, girl or boyfriends, and your sex life as ways to get to you? Your mission was to keep from saying anything really important for 12 hours. The information we had was normally changed in hours after it was known we were captured. Codes and stuff would be changed. After 12 hours or as long as you could stretch it out if you broke and gave them real stuff it wouldn’t be so harmful to our units and what ever we were involved in. Hugs

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  4. judyt54 says:

    Im not all that brave nor honorable, and faced with that kind of choice, as maka said, you can always work toward restablishing your honour. You may die as a brave person, and an honorable one, but you are still dead.

    And there is no guarantee it will be a particularly quick death, kings being the whimsical beings that they are.

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  5. I’d lie to save my life then lie later and say I didn’t lie. In other words, keep lying until the truth becomes so blurred no one can tell what it is. ๐Ÿ™‚ DAMN! I REALLY should become a Republican, eh?!

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  6. jim- says:

    Last I checked lying doesnโ€™t carry the death penalty. Iโ€™ll take my chess to the sword fight and regroup for another day. Iโ€™d lie. โ™Ÿ

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  7. basenjibrian says:

    Barry does ask a significant question. A difficult one…what comes first, protecting others or protecting yourself? What are the stakes beyond individual live(s)?


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