Have you seen the show The Moment of Truth? I wouldn’t exactly offer a glowing endorsement, but I have to admit I’ve been sucked in to an episode or two. In case you haven’t, here’s the premise—contestants are asked a series of questions designed to cause drama (examples include: have you ever lied to get a job, have you ever stolen anything, and do you really care about starving children in Africa?). Their answers are matched up against a lie detector test. The goal is to win half a million dollars by daring to be truthful.
The show is really about airing dirty laundry for cash and usually the contestants’ answers lead to tears and angry looks from their family members offstage. I’ll admit, it’s intriguing but it communicates a dangerous message that Truth is destructive or that deception is somehow is the safer route. This is a lie with serious consequences