“You are at a crossroads in your life.”
You can say that sentence to most people, pause, and they will likely be amazed at your insight.
Paranoia may be an extreme, but an unease is common
I mean, people in power often lie. We learn that as children. It’s always a shock the first time we realize that “adults lie”.
But it’s a matter of degree really. Does one believe they lie in only a few things, some things, most things, all things? If it’s all things, well, that’s pretty substantial. But it might be a matter of “can’t be trusted”, which is ok, and can be verified when needed.
Of course there’s also people who lie by default. Actors lie by default when acting: we accept that but in ancient times, actors were not to be trusted BECAUSE of that fact (that and the immorality that always goes with theatre productions in every era )
It’s a safe bet that someone in business (because they are marketing something) or politics (because they want you to vote for them so they have control over money and other powers for a while), _may_ be lying when in their respective positions because that’s the nature of their professions.
But: does news lie by default?