When I finished college (and refused my diploma) I spent two years working as a receptionist at a health club. One of my co workers came to me one day because he saw his colleague pretend to be skydiving in the group fitness area. This colleague claimed he was a Gulf War veteran of the first war. He was not much older than myself (I was 23-24 at the time). I was able to go see his passport and he was in fact only 28 years old at the time. The Gulf War happened in 1990-1991 meaning he fought in the war at the age of 15. Now unless he fought on the side of the Iraqis I highly doubt he fought in the war.
This reminds me of what i believe is the most well known case of a prominent figure whom lied about her educational credentials. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/27/us/27mit.html
Someone I know claims he is studying to be a radiologist. I usually roll my eyes when I hear an Asian person studying to be in the medical, accounting or technical fields (computer science, engineering or IT). Strangely enough I never hear this person talk about his classes, studies or anything within the vicinity of me. However when I ask his friends, they vehemently defend this person. One of my friends says I shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about. (and trust me I didn’t it took me ten minutes to come up with a definitive proof) This person has in fact simply only gone to a community college.
I think the most disappointing part is that this person has lied to his friends and girlfriend, and they hold their trust in him. And their friends have united against me to defend him. But the truth is being as resourceful as I am I was able to obtain verification of their schooling and enrollment status. It’s rather disappointing to tell you the truth. That people have to lie to their significant other (husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend), their friends in order to make people like them.
This person’s girlfriend (whom hates me also) is convinced that I am the enemy and even threatened to inflict personal injury upon me. Are they entitled to know the truth?
For me it is different. I speak nothing to my mother about what I studied in school or what I do for work. When I went to a no-name liberal arts school to major in being a tree hugger. My mother told her coworkers I went to a military academy. When the truth was she didn’t want me to go. That was my first lesson. During my time with the federal government as a census employee I spoke nothing about it. Until one day an Asian girl came to my door because I had not sent back my own household’s census form. I told my mother not to fill it out because it was a ploy to weed out people who were defrauding the food stamp and social security system. The girl claimed that she worked at the Census Bureau with me.
Of course when I came home my mother confronted me with this allegation I still denied working with the agency. I said that girl is a crazy person whom I declined to date and she was stalking me. Why do I refuse to tell my mother what I do. Simple. If I am not a doctor, accountant or technical person I don’t talk about it. And I refuse to say that I am and lie about it.