This is a project I've been working on for a few years, and it suddenly hit me that perhaps a few people on here might have some additional material that I could use as part of my wider project of faking it in society.
I haven't found the perfect name for it yet, it's either pimp your life, the lies no-one sees or something along those lines.
It all started when I moved out of my rented flat and into my first boat a few years ago.
just to obtain the boat in the first place meant I had to lie. Lie about my income, lie about a whole manner of things.
then once on the boat I met many more people on my travels that had to do similarly to me and continue to do so.
living slightly under the radar meant that to get anything done in society, meant having to lie, because the truth didnt fit the gap on the form I had to fill in, or the truth didn't give the right result. A simple lie, resulted in getting things done.
the project moved on slightly to not only realising that society WANTS to see certain things and as long as you present that, fake though it may be, it is accepted without so much as a batted eyelid. The truth, the honest truth makes doors close in your face because it doesn't fit with societies model. So, when faced with a complete untruth, a so called person in authority fails to spot it, because they simply dont expect anything to be fake about the person in front of them. Some people, rather than necessity fake it for the buzz. They carry fake paperwork, fake ID's not because they have to, but because they love getting away with it. Much as a shoplifter does sometimes or someone who hacks computers.
This has to be completely anonymous of course but I'd really like to hear anyone stories where they actually had a BUZZ from faking it. actually enjoyed being outside of society and pretending to conform to get something they want or need.
such as: faking addresses, faking documents, paperwork, receipts, identity, marriage, gender, sexuality, age and so on.
as a silly example, I rode through a red traffic light in the city of London, late at night when no traffic was around. two police on foot stepped out of the shadow of a building and stopped me.
Now, if I had lied, I would have been on my way with a gentle ticking off and I would have caught my train and been home quickly.
As it was, on that occasion I decided to tell the truth. sort of. They told me that they didnt have fine me or anything, but could just give me a verbal warning about not stopping at a red light.
However, when they asked for my ID, I refused to give them any, saying I didn't have any on me, other than my train ticket and work security pass.
I told them where I worked and that the address I was giving them was a correspondence address only. They then asked where I was living if not at the address I gave them, I smiled and told them, on a boat on the river somewhere not sure where yet as it was moved by the owner every other day and that I had to cycle down the tow path to find it. I joked, yes, I am a water gypsy. They said that it wasn't a politically correct thing to say. I said, yes but its the truth.
They then got on the radio and were ready to arrest me because they weren't sure I was genuine. They verified who I was, my age, my address, how long I lived at the address, how long I lived away from the address and so on. I eventually got away with a fine and a telling off.
If I had lied, if I had just said nothing, I would have got away without the fine.
I applied for a job as a man and as a woman, the man version of me got the interview.
truth = trouble, a lie gets results.
I would really like to hear more of the ways other people survive or get a buzz from being outside of the box, but pretending to all intents and purposes to be in it. It can be as legal or illegal as you like, everyone will be treated with utmost discretion.
You can email me privately with your stories or examples or either how a lie made things work better or the truth caused mayhem!
thanks for your help with this project, which I hope to turn into a book as well as an article for a magazine.