I fail to understand why this is the most practised sin. People of all intellects find it easy to hide under sheets of "lies" and excuses. Is it comforting? Does it give them a good after-feeling? Is it the anecdote for a hurt image?
I never had the problem to swallow my pride and cough up the truth when required. I expect that as a norm with everyone. I guess it is not....
Telling the truth and living by it, simplifies the life one lives. It untangles messes and although it appears that truth damages relationships in the short term, it saves us in the long term.
There is beauty in truth.
As Keats rightly said,
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty," -that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."