“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”
That’s how the old sayings go.
I usually give people the benefit of the doubt. It is just the way I am wired.
Until you demonstrate you are purposefully lying or deceitful, I will you give you and your stories the benefit of the doubt. But once I recognize that you have fooled me – or betrayed me – you will never regain my trust.
I won’t let myself be fooled twice. I see things in black and white – you are a liar or you aren’t – it’s that simple.
“Fool me once, you’re a liar. Run, I’ll set your pants on fire.”
It doesn’t have the same flow – but I find it much more satisfying.