I also, however, remember a boy in our neighborhood who never had that learning experience. Over time, his fibs became "whoppers" and got worse with age, yet his mother always made excuses for him and he never learned his lesson. By the time we graduated from high school, he was well on his way to a life of ruin and the last time I heard about him he was serving a long term in prison for grand theft auto. He was the extreme case, never having been held accountable for his falsehoods when they were small and they just grew until his conscience no longer mattered.
Today, we see lying as an acceptable action by many who, for whatever reason, were not properly brought up or went "sour" for some other reason we don't know. Parents not brought up right often become parents who think anything goes and they pass it on to their offspring as well. When good moral values are not instilled and there are no adverse consequences for doing things which are not right, what could have been a good life becomes a playground for the Devil's workshop. My own theory is that evil is nurtured when we turn our backs on God and His adversary runs rampant on earth. I base that on watching the coarseness of modern society and the lack of concern for so much of today's human behavior as we are told that all things are relative and there are no absolutes.
Yesterday's "my word is my bond" has been replaced by the formal contract, often written in a way that no one other than a lawyer can understand it. Children learn that as long as they are successful by society's standards, cheating is okay. In fact, we even have parents committing bribery with college officials to to make their own ambition for their child to come true at their dream college. Businessmen talk about customer service for the things they sell and then make customer service a nightmare to navigate when a problem rises. And then, of course, there are politicians who feel perfectly comfortable running for office with a campaign of lies and then trying to "sneak" legislation through the legislative hopper primarily for their own benefit, not on behalf of those they are sworn to represent. These are just a few examples of where the original fib leads if left uncorrected and unchecked and it can be found as normal operating procedure in much of modern life today.
Now having said that, yes, there are many good people out there who try to do what is right and live by the Golden Rule, but there are way too many who don't and, frankly, I think it is attributable to that loss of God in so many lives. After all, God offers tried and true rules for the road, like the Ten Commandments, which provide stability for a society and a means to a good conclusion. When we tell the truth, instead of lies, we live in a way where we do what is right and good and that always makes us happier in the end, even if it keeps us from taking the easy road to where we think we want to be. Good, honest hard work is good for the soul. But societal success, when it is the culmination of a fraudulent course of action in our lives, never truly bring happiness for, in the end, it destroys our soul. When the soul is dead, the human body isn't far behind and it results in darkness forever.
Contrast that with a life based upon the Light of Truth. When we accomplish things the right way, based upon hard work with the help of God in our life, not only are we at peace in our lives, we find that we will end up in God's Light for Eternity in a place so wonderful in its beauty that it is beyond human comprehension. And we will inherit a new body where pain and suffering, hunger and thirst never occur. So, make the right decision. Choose Truth and Light in your life with God at the center. It will never fail you and you can break all those bad habits and traits that began with that little fib, and the big ones that followed in your life, will be forgiven and washed clean. Have a blessed day.