World Statistics Day: If numbers don’t lie then who is lying?

World Statistics Day: If numbers don’t lie then who is lying?

World Statistics Day was officially declared by the UN Statistical Commission for the first time on October 20th 2010 and noted worldwide by over 103 countries. It is celebrated every five years on October 20th – so statistically speaking 2015 is the next one. The aim of the day is for countries around the world to carry out activities and events to highlight the role of statistics and their national statistical systems. The UN General theme for this second World Statistics Day is “Better data. Better lives.”


Most of us have heard the famous quote: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics” which has been attributed to many different people since the 1800s. It has also been stated that 86% of statistics are made up.

If as Serge Benhayon factually states: “numbers cannot lie for they are exact” then it follows that any lies must be coming from somewhere other than the numbers. Furthermore it has been proven that lies come not only from the authors of statistics but also from all of us in ignoring and reinterpreting both true statistics when they are presented, and also our lived experiences which provide another form of research and data.

"How much longer can we sustain a ‘functioning’ economy and the systems that make it all look good, at the ‘figures and statistics’ level, only to have its constituents, and that’s all of us by the way, live less by erroneously accepting and shouldering all the obvious flaws of that way of life? The clear fact is that we cannot sustain the onslaught of a loveless society any longer than the – hello, are you listening to the illness and disease statistics – are telling us, very loud and very clear."

Serge Benhayon An Open Letter to Humanity, p 588

In this audio the speaker opens up the discussion on statistics to demonstrate how when we use something out of context from the whole we miss the wonder in connecting to a greater intelligence.

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Further Reading and Listening

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