It is a milestone in the development of a small child when they tell their first lie.
Yes, we learn to lie at a very early age and it is essential for our social development.
We are inter-subjective species. And just as we can share our minds, we can hide what we are thinking by lying.
And hey, I always tell those close to me to lie to me to save my life or lie to me to save my feelings. And they do, and I am alive and I feel good, all thanks to lying.
The biggest lie we are told is to be like George Washington who cannot tell a lie. And we are told liars are bad, and even in English 'liar' is a pejorative word.
But not only do I want you to lie to save my life; I want you to lie to save my feelings; but I want you to tell me beautiful lies.