Andy Andrews’ himself sums up the nature of the book very well in his interview with Michael Hyatt when Andy answers the question, how do you kill 11 million people, “you lie to them.” The nature of the book delves into the horribleness in this world that is the result of lies. Not just lying to other people but to ourselves as well. How did 11 million people let themselves be killed during the holocaust? They lied to themselves. Andy relates this principle to politics in our country as well and at a great time.
With the 2012 elections just around the corner we need to examine this idea of lying to ourselves. The only way someone can lie to you consistently over time is if you’re lying to yourself too. Let’s face it, most people who are struggling financially don’t “want to deal with it” and thus, lie to themselves to convince themselves everything will be ok and they don’t need to go through the agony of facing the facts. This is true with many other things including our selection of political leaders. We tend to be stuck trying to pick the best of a bad group. Andy points out how simple it really is to look up a candidate’s track record, yet few bother to ever check the facts and see if that politician really has done what he or she said they would in the past. Do they have a track record of not delivering on their promises? What’s more overwhelming is the shear amount of people who don’t even vote each year.
This book is rather politically charged and I believe Andy did this for two reasons.
- It’s an election year and politics will be on all our minds so he felt that the application of this idea of the power of lies would be well suited for such a hot topic as politics.
- Andy has always been a uniter. Politics gives us something to all get behind no matter what party we tend to lean towards.
I was more blown away by the idea of millions of people, allowing themselves to be killed, because of lies. The power of lying and the effect it can have on generations to come is so profound that I think this book is actually a sleeping giant and could really have a major impact if Andy explores the power of lies a little more.
Andy ends the book with a series of questions for the reader to apply to themselves and their own lives. It serves as sort of a call to action.
Some examples are:
Do you think lying has a greater effect on you or the other person?
All lies have an impact on your life, your relationships, and the rest of the world. Do you think the size of the lie determines how much of an impact it will have?
Hitler said, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” Why is a simple and big lie easier to believe than one that is small and detailed?