Lot of us say that stupidity should be painful, and it often is, just usually not to those being stupid, so in that spirit I said that on Twitter recently. Seems a spiritual cousin to that idea.
Maybe it should.
I wrote that after I'd written that something that'd been difficult to write, I had written in an hour. I toyed with saying it had taken two hours -- and I felt the hints of a headache kind of knocking on the inside of my head. Cognitive dissonance. It could be proven that I hadn't taken two hours on that, and also I'd know it hadn't, so I wrote that it had taken an hour. And felt better. And thought the thought "Maybe it should hurt to lie."
And I was very aware of having said that when my phone next ringed and it turned out to be a solicitor asking for Christopher Walsh.
I said Christopher Walsh wasn't available.
I knew that by the standard I'd suggested not long before, I should feel some sort of hurt. I'd be a hypocrite not to expect that.
What should be the level of hurt? How should it match up to the lie? Which lies would cause just a twinge of headache? Which would cause the sort of headaches Spike got when he tried eating people? Which would cause the it's-like-body-parts-are-going-inside-ou
Thinking about pain, it's