It is said that St. Thomas Aquinas was told by his classmates that an Elephant was flying outside the classroom window, whereupon he went to the window and looked out. Whereupon, in turn, he was mocked and all that.
His Answer makes Edifying reading: “It is easier to believe that an elephant can fly than to believe that a friar can tell a lie.”
Not just Friars. I do believe We all render Our fellow brethren that Courtesy.
But When it to serious matters, it is Not Courtesy, but, in my Considered Opinion, Plain Laziness that drives Most to Believe in Lies.
Not that the Lies are So Apparent. It Would Require some Thinking to find out that it is so. And that is where the Laziness comes in.
Many Youngsters would rather go out in the Hot sun, Alone, amid thorns, bush and stone, to look after sheep, than go to School! Studying is Hard work. Hence Laziness.
Similarly, those who Drop out of schools, or do poorly. Studying is Hard work. Hence Laziness.
Thinking over a Question is Hard Work.
[ Actually it is Far too Easier to ‘Read’ than to ‘Think.’ Most Don’t Realize that. Or Acknowledge it! 😦 ]
Easier to give the excuse that the fellow should be knowing what he says, that he/she ‘looks’ dependable, and what not.
It is All living in our Comfort Zones.
Taking the Easy-Way-Out, and Short Cuts.
Reading, Speaking on and Doing What we LIKE.