Here is the answer to the riddle I told this past Sunday. It really is quite simple. The problem is that no matter what you ask, each girl will give you the same answer and there is no way to tell who is telling the truth and who is lying. So you have to essentially ask both girls at the same time and then you know the answer is a lie. But remember you can only ask one question so here it is;
“If I asked your sister if you were the liar what would she say?
No matter which answer you get it will always be false so just invert it and you have the right answer. For instance if you ask the liar that question she will say that the sister would say NO. The sister (the truthful one) would actually say YES but remember you are asking the question to the liar so she will lie and say NO. Confusing isn’t it? The opposite would happen if you were talking with the sister who told the truth.
Now if you wanted to figure this out mathematically you could use the formula
A(–A) = -(A(squared)). Where A is the truth and –A is a lie.
In other words the answer will always be false no matter what value you put into the equation. Or once you insert a lie into a situation, no matter how many truths you have, you still have a lie.
King Solomon was faced with a similar situation where he was asked to make a decision based on what two women were telling him. One was telling the truth and the other one was lying. These two women came before Solomon both claiming that one baby was theirs. Solomon had to decide which woman the baby actually belonged to. It was impossible to make a determination based solely on what the two women were saying because he didn’t know which was telling the truth. So he made a decision to cut the baby in half and give half to each woman. I don’t even like to think about that decision. One woman agreed to Solomon’s decision to cut the baby in half. The real mother however quickly spoke up, putting the baby’s life ahead of her possession of her child and said to give the baby to the other woman. Solomon knew from both responses who the real mother was and awarded the baby to its’ rightful mother. If you want to read more about this story go to 1Kings 3 verses 16 through 28.
Very soon we will be required to make a decision based on what we have heard and what we know. It will be an important decision and will change the course of history. Unfortunately I am not wise like Solomon was and I don’t have the ability to even ask one question or make a statement to see how the candidates respond. I can only make my decision based on what I have heard and what I know. Both candidates say that they are the best choice for America so one of them is lying or at least stretching the truth. There are so many lies out there that no one really knows who is telling the truth.
Next I looked at endorsements but you know just because a celebrity is behind a candidate doesn’t make them right for me. When I see someone whose values are questionable get behind a candidate then that says something to me. (see the above equation) Also when I look back at past presidents, very few of them did what they said they would do during the election. So I am throwing all that out and simply looking at candidates actual history and whose values fall closest to my own.
This makes my decision easier and pretty firm. ( just do as I did and toss out all the name calling and the he said she said and see how it comes out) So I am going with the one who I agree with most. And that is why I am voting for…….. (darn, I ran out of time)
Have a great day,