A murderer’s confession means
now the judge has power over him.
Telling your spouse you have philandered
gives him or her power over you.
If a politician admits mistakes,
the opposition gains power.
That is why we lie.
We are scared
of becoming powerless.
We tell the truth
when we have nothing to loose.
Do you now know why politicians lie?
More is at stake for them than you.
(translated by Evelyn Gemkow)