Lies

Here’s another question I’ve heard countless times from students:  “How can a court rule in favor of [x} if the other party lies in court?”  I posted about it here just a few weeks ago.  It comes up again because, as I said to a student after yesterday’s class, more students have asked a variant of this question this semester than ever before.  I think I’ve heard it more this semester than in the past three semesters, combined. Why, I don’t know.  I’m sure there are many explanations–it’s can’t be answered with binary thinking–but I wonder if students are asking “since everyone lies if they can get away with it, isn’t everything you’re teaching us bullshit?”, or “enough with the rules, tell me how to get around them” (although most students interested in knowing this ask without a smidgen of subtlety).   Perhaps it’s my imagination.  I just reread All the President’s Men and the amorality of the Nixon White House may color my perceptions.  Perhaps this semester’s questions are an anomalous blip.  Whatever the causes, the question has my attention.