I can't even remember now where I picked up this short essay by Mark Twain, but "The Decline in the Art of Lying" must have been on Amazon since I'm usually too lazy to load books onto my kindle myself.


Wherever I found the essay, it was disturbingly sharp, as the best satires are - and despite being over a century old, it was still true!


I detest lies and firmly believe that they're destructive ... but Mark Twain made me look at our social behaviour and see lies everywhere -- and you could see the fun he took at pointing these things out and watching us wriggle.


Good people like to like themselves. Well, I guess everyone does! Satirists can make us very uncomfortable by ridiculing our delusions.


This was a perfect length to read with a cup of coffee and walk away just a little bit less certain of myself :)