[Two People Can Only Keep a Secret if One of Them is Dead] 【兩個人無法保密,除非有一個死了】

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[Two People Can Only Keep a Secret if One of Them is Dead]

By: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)

Although we don’t like to admit it we are all a bunch of liars. The only difference is that some lie less and others lie more.

Before the advent of the Internet Age a little white lie would normally go unnoticed and no one would be the wiser. Nowadays, a small little lie can cause a massive amount of problems. As Mark Twain said nearly 200 years ago, “Two people can only keep a secret if one of them is dead”, and if that was perhaps questionable 200 years ago, today it is beyond question.

The great and the terrible thing about the internet is that it records all of our actions and they leave a trail behind.

The biggest illustration how badly dishonesty and the internet can go together was the recent hack of the Ashley Madison website. The Ashley Madison website was a website created for married people who were looking to have extra-marital affairs. Long story short, the hackers broke in and stole all of the registered users’ details and published the details online – likely ruining hundreds of marriages.

The moral of the story is that your granny was right – honesty is the best policy, except now it is even more so.

【兩個人無法保密,除非有一個死了】

文: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (匯豐葉新堂)

譯: 李亞男 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)

雖然不願承認,但我們都會說謊。唯一的差別在於有些人說謊說的少一些,有些人則說的多一些。

信息時代來臨之前,一些善意的謊言可能會被忽視,沒人那麼聰明。而現在,一點小小的謊言都能帶來許多大麻煩。正如馬克吐溫在約兩百年前所說,「兩個人無法保密,出貨費有一個死了。」這句話在兩百年前可能還會受到質疑,但放在今天則是毋庸置疑的。

互聯網帶來最好的事情是記錄了我們所有的行動,留下種種痕跡,但同時這也是一件壞事。

近期Ashley Madison網站受到黑客攻擊,這欺瞞與互聯網的結合的最大的體現。該網站為尋找婚外情的人士而生。長話短說,黑客攻擊該網站,盜走全部註冊用戶信息并在網絡上公佈——這很可能毀掉了數百樁婚姻。

這則故事的寓意在於老話說的得——誠實是最佳方針,現在更是如此。

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