Shmoopy wrote:BullShitWithBravado wrote:
Sounds like a lie to me. Did you also have to lie your way into your UG Ivy League school? Wait, probably not, you probably didn't go to an Ivy League school
Ok, now we're getting into the definition of lie. I think it would be a lie for me to say that I'm lgbt, from my own internal perspective.. I also think that nobody could objectively show that I'm not lgbt, so from an outside perspective, it's not necessarily a lie. Me knowing that its a lie /= anyone else knowing it a lie.
I don't really care if anyone thinks I didn't go to an Ivy League school. This is the Internet. Employers and adcoms see my actual transcript and they are the only ones who I need to convince. I don't stand to gain anything by lying about my background on tls. Tlsisnot admitting or employing me.
Edit: there is a big difference between these two things. People in the real world can see where I went to school. They cannot see what my sexuality *really* is.
Okay, this is bullshit naive philosophizing. Are you really trying to say that a lie (somebody saying something they know is untrue) is not a lie from an "outside perspective" if they can't show it? Just no. I, the outsider, might not in fact be able to show that you told a lie, but that doesn't change the fact that you lied. The state of affairs that a lie consists in--you knowingly saying something untrue that you present as true--does not turn on whether somebody else can somehow demonstrate your deceit.
If you want to use the letters "lie" differently than everybody else, then use a different word, e.g., "zie"; but don't use a word and mean something other than what everybody else takes it to mean.