What would happen if we always told the truth? It’s the theme of that Jim Carrey film that was on TVB on Sunday night, and Ricky Gervais’s The Invention of Lying.
More specifically, what would happen if we all told the truth on those stupid health declaration forms that we have to fill in? Yes, I have had contact with someone who had a cough and a fever. Yes, I do have a bit of a sore throat. What would they do if everyone told the truth? They surely don’t have the resources to check whether everyone with a cough or a sore throat is really sick.
Of course the absurd thing about this is that the symptoms they ask you to lie about aren’t even particularly relevant to H1N1. Most people with a cough or a sore throat don’t have H1N1, and many people with H1N1 don’t have a fever. So what does it all achieve?