Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu

Day 117 – “A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth.”


Today I came across this quote that G.G. Marquez said and believed in and I stand by it entirely. Whenever life deceives you, whenever tears come crawling from deep inside your dying soul, whenever the blackness overcomes your so called optimism, the only thing that can save you is a lie.

Lies can provide the few moments of pure joy in life, like when you see your new born baby for the first time and although most people can see his ugliness, your brain lies to you in making you think your baby is the most beautiful thing you ever saw. But lies can also make your life a nightmare and in my country there is a saying that states: “No good lie is left undiscovered”.  Let’s think only about the benefits of lies for a moment. Truth will always make one uncomfortable no matter how big or small and thus lying is easier and sometimes if not always pleasant. When you don’t own your life and spend as much time as possible trying to keep secrets from the world, lying is the handiest option you have. Sometimes you even forget the reality of your stories, so you can truthfully say that whatever comes out of your mouth is anything but a lie.

I love lies. They make me twirl and spin and twist out of excitement and always give me a reason to chase something new, something undiscovered, some kind of a mystery. I love people who lie. They are vulnerable and easy to listen and if you really pay attention you can almost hear the laughter of the truth that awaits to be revealed. I have done my share of lying. I have some drawers that I don’t remember building, but they are filled with lies that wait to be released into the world. Or maybe I will never release them; maybe I will grow them wings and let them fly outside of myself. Even that is a lie if not for anything else but for the fact that truth can never sound as good as that, it can never build metaphors and it’s never poetic. As a writer I am madly in love with anything a lie has to offer me; I will never detest it, I will never chase it away and I will always stand by its side even if its shield will fall on the ground and unleash the ugliness of it.


About the author

Ela Vasilescu

I’m a writer based in Florence, Italy.

Human nature inspires me, different cultures, traditions, folk stories and the differences which make us unique. Documenting stories is a privilege, a glimpse into humanity, an unforgettable experience, one which I embrace and honour every day.

If you have a story twitching in the back of your pocket, one that is ready to be told, shared and heard, chances are I will be ready to listen; so don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu