Gullible’s Travels

English: Illustration from Fables for the Friv...

English: Illustration from Fables for the Frivolous by Guy Wetmore Carryl, with illustrations by Peter Newell. This is an illustration for the poem “The Sycophantic Fox and the Gullible Raven”. It appeared facing page 82 in the 1898 publication of the poems. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Madeline Laughs

I can’t say that I’m done being gullible because I will always want to believe and see the best in all people. Being gullible doesn’t mean you’re stupid. It means that some people are just cruel liars.

Gullible means being easily taken in or tricked.

In order for gullibility to be a liability you have to surround yourself with liars and tricksters. I’ve done that. I didn’t know it at the time, but I plopped myself right down in the middle of some of the most skilled and accomplished liars around. It wasn’t until I started asking questions that the shine of having a brand new plaything to bat around in the group lost it’s shine.

I might be gullible, but I’m also extremely curious and curiosity might kill the cat, but I’d rather be dead than forced to call these jackals “friend”.  

It’s okay to be gullible. It’s okay to occasionally get taken in and to blindly believe what someone tells you about themselves. Without gullibility we would all be tired, worn out cynics who think everything is a conspiracy theory.

Why shouldn’t we believe what someone tells us about themselves? When did it become okay to lie about that?

The truth is that you should always have the right to believe what someone tells you about themselves. Always being doubtful and second guessing someone’s truth is not a good way of life for anyone to have. It is never okay to misrepresent yourself to people you want to call “friend”. When you start doing that, you don’t deserve to have any friends.

So here’s the deal…

I’m okay with being gullible as long as the person telling me the lies is okay with me publicly calling them out on it and embarrassing the living shit out of them once I find out they lied.

I think that’s fair, don’t you?


About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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10 Responses to Gullible’s Travels

  1. aj vosse says:

    I think it’s more than fair!! Some may call it justice!

    I’m way past 50 and still get taken in by people’s lies! It does hurt when the people are managers, and they know you know they’re lying but to hang on to the job you turn your head the other way… sad!

    As i say so often… LIFE!! 😉


    • Thank you aj vosse. I get so tired of being lied to and I worry that I’ll become a paranoid cynic. I guess as long as they know that I’ll call them out, they shouldn’t be too surprised when it happens.


  2. OneHotMess says:

    Yes, that’s a completely fair deal!


  3. Very fair! I struggle with this as well.


  4. wine-whine-whatever says:

    I’m the most gullible person on earth. Tell me you just moved here from Mars, and I’ll ask if it was for a job transfer or just a change of scenery. But you’re right: it is ABSOLUTELY fair to bust someone’s chops when you learn their truths. One, I make certain to tell many, many others in hopes that they are sufficiently warned about the deception, and are not taken in by it. And more importantly,I hope the deceiver learns from the experience of getting busted publically, and if the lies were small enough and relatively harmless enough, they’ll also learn that it’s simply not worth it to lie. It just might be the life lesson they need to become a pillar of truth. What’s that saying? If you always tell the truth, you’ll never have to worry about remembering what you’ve said. And that’s the truth!


  5. wine-whine-whatever says:

    Yeah, that can happen. (Remember, you read it here first, folks!) It’s not that they don’t want to believe you. They just don’t want to believe they’re a crappy judge of someone else’s character, so it must be you.

    I can’t remember: did you write a separate piece about that? about warning friends of a deceitful person, only to be treated as something to be scraped off their shoes? Why is that, do you s’pose? Is it, as I suggest above, that they don’t want to face their own shortcomings in judging a person’s character, so they place the onus squarely on you? that they can’t have possibly judged that person in error, so there’s obviously something wrong with you?

    If a person I respect gives me a heads-up that someone we mutually know is a four-star liar, I’m going to take that under serious advisement, and would, at the very least, more closely examine my interactions with that person (the lying SOB). I wouldn’t merely accept the warning out-of-hand and dismiss the liar from my life entirely, but I surely would be on ‘red alert’ for confirmation of my trusted friend’s advice. And frankly, it would only be a matter of time before their propensity to lie showed its face.


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