A lie is a pact that is made between one’s conscience and one’s reality. For it to be effectively appropriated, applied, and accepted by others, it first has to be believed by one’s self. This belief can only happen when the conscience agrees to the terms of this pact, and one’s perceived reality does the same.
Lying is an interesting phenomenon, metaphysically, because it lies alongside fiction, in that they are both conceptual descriptions of reality—opposing truthful reality—derived from a purpose; one to fool someone to acquire an advantageous position, and the other for entertainment.
The significance of this all lies within the lies themselves.
When a statement is made, truthful or not, it is now engulfed in the nature of reality, either lying among what is actual, or in juxtaposition. Without one, there is not the other. Lies are what bring significance to truth, and vice versa.
Truth and lies are the space and time of rhetoric. Their relationship can only be determined by their concepts and counterparts, and the difference in their being can only be defined by the beliefs of which one holds them accountable to.
Andrew T. Ramirez