Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Full or Fool?

No one remembers her real name. She is known around town as Full.

How Full got her nickname is a puzzle, but two ideas are possible.

The first explanation is she always knows more news. There was the time when the barber unintentionally nicked a customer's ear. In Full's version, the barber chased the man from the shop with a straight razor claiming the man tried to rob him. Or the time when a girl unwittingly started a car, almost driving over her younger brother. Full's finished variation had the girl plotting the attempted murder for more than a month. 

People started mispronouncing 'Fool' so it sounded like 'Full'. Full didn't understand, and did not care.

The other explanation may be a back-handed "compliment." Since she always presents a near perfect image of herself, the town's ladies began calling her 'Full'. Behind Full's back, they were saying she was "full of it." Others meant she was "full of herself." Neither was a calculated commendation.Full understood they believed she had correct information

Good cooks know marinating meat enhances the taste. Full believed the same was true about lies. A little "innovative intentional improvement" could heighten any story, making it more palatable.

Accuracy was not Full's concern. Telling lies was exciting. Lies create a 'pseudo-high' by increasing stress hormones. These increase your heart rate, breathing increases, and digestion slows. Over time lies can produce increased blood pressure resulting in coronary artery disease, stroke, and congestive heart failure.

Recently, Full found her snare. She was the only witness to a vehicular homicide. In the ensuing trial, Full was put on the witness stand. The problem: the jury was composed of people in town. They knew of her inability to tell pure truth. No matter how Full answered, few believed her. She had told too many lies too often for too long. 

The Bible is proven true again.
  • "He who winks the eye causes trouble, And a babbling fool will be ruined." Prov. 10:10 
  • "Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool," Prov 10:23).
  •  A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape." Prov 19:5
  • "A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish." Prov 19:9 
  • "A man who bears false witness against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow."  Prov 25:18
I guess the residents named her right: Full or Fool. Both are bona fide.

What can be done for Full? Does she have any hope of changing? Since you are Full's friend, what can you tell her?

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