What is your perspective of telling a lie?

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  1. reymund profile image59
    reymundposted 14 years ago

    Telling a lie is a great sin. But in my own perspective, it is apparently good when someone has to. Perhaps of some reasons. It can be a way to displace oneself from rejection, scorn, or maybe to protect himself from impartial judgement.

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      Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I do not lie. thats it. I will not go around screaming..your ugly..jsut because I think it...but if asked something like..do you like this shirt, if I dont, I will find a way to truthfull and tactfully answer the question.
      no amount of scorn, or public rejection, will make me lie.
      Who needs to be protected from impartial judgement?

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      cosetteposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      telling a lie can be a good thing, like when nazis were running around in the hills of Poland, looking for escaped refugees. then when they asked 'hey, have you seen any escaped refugees?' and they happen to be hiding in your basement but you lie and say 'no, no escapees here'...

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        Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

        good one
        I stand corrected.
        BUT, that is to save someone else from a horrid unreasonable thing. I wouldnt lie to save myself from something I had done..I think there is a difference?

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      Stevennix2001posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      in the words of peter griffin from the show family guy, "now chris, everything i say is a lie.  except that...and that....and that....and that..........(looks around the room briefly)...and that."  sorry, i couldn't resist.

    4. double_frick profile image60
      double_frickposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      it is never right or justified to lie, imo.
      not that i never have or never will again, as it stands i do not have any outstanding lies at the moment and i don't plan on lying in the near future for any reason.

      i think it comes down to whether you are an 'ends justify the means' type of person or not.

      it may be easier or seem nice and fluffy to tell white lies to protect people, or our own asses, but is it right?

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        ArtKaliposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        That's not at all what I mean.  It takes a great soul to risk your own soul to protect another.  Lying is never a good thing, but telling the truth has a great price, for yourself and others.

  2. drej2522 profile image67
    drej2522posted 14 years ago

    I think the biggest problem most people have is only providing half-truths...where they are conveniently leaving out an important piece of the information either to cover themselves or help ease the pain. I know I’ve found myself doing that...from time to time.

    1. reymund profile image59
      reymundposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      i agree with you drej. it also happens in me.

  3. wyanjen profile image71
    wyanjenposted 14 years ago

    Protecting yourself is not a good reason to lie.

    1. reymund profile image59
      reymundposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      i believe in you wyanjen. it is not always a good reason to protect yourself, but this is what goes on with if not all, most of us. i mean, what can we do if someone has to lie. we do not want to hurt feelings afterall.

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      Ghost32posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Jen, I can't quite agree with that in every case.  Example?  Okay, Hitler gets mentioned a lot in these forums; let's use World War II Germany as an example.  During the Time of Adolf, admitting you were Jewish was tantamount to suicide.  So, let's say a squad of storm troopers ask you on the street, "Are you Jewish?", and--although you definitely are--you say, "No way!  Sig Heil!" 

      By your standard, the only acceptable course would be to to say, "Yup!  I can trace my family straight back to Judah!"  Then while they're gassing you, you take a nice deep breath of noxious fumes--your last breath, of course--and think happily, "Hey!  I never lied!  I'm good!"

      Sorry.  Can't go that route.

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    lyricsingrayposted 14 years ago

    white or black lie? lol

    1. reymund profile image59
      reymundposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      white lies. what cn you say lyric?

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        lyricsingrayposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        what's the problem? Are you asking me a question or getting serious about my joke - I'll play either way.  Thank you

        1. reymund profile image59
          reymundposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          is that a joke? sorry just mislead. i thought you were asking seriously

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      AEvansposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      A purple, green, yellow and orange lie is naughty too! lolololo big_smile

      1. drej2522 profile image67
        drej2522posted 14 years agoin reply to this

        crayola lies? smile

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          lyricsingrayposted 14 years agoin reply to this


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          Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, Crayola lies, they say you can color your world wonderful..never worked for me?  wink

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    AdviceDoctorposted 14 years ago

    In a regular 10 minute conversation, the average person tells at least 3 white lies.. We're all sinners!

    1. TINA V profile image68
      TINA Vposted 14 years agoin reply to this


      I definitely agree. Nobody in this world can say that he/ she has never lied even at one point in his/ her life.

      Some lies can sometimes be useful. However, the more a person lies the bigger risk he/ she has of someday losing someone's trust in a relationship.

      Have a great weekend!

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    cosetteposted 14 years ago


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      Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      off topic, but..I tried to leave you a comment the other day about babyP, but my computer crashed. and I couldnt go back thru it again.
      good job, I dont know what else to say. I couldnt sleep last night, and right now Im feeling a little choked up just trying to type this...
      you rock.

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        cosetteposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        omgsh (((hugs))

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          Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

          yup, nuff said

          dont want to "go off topic" too much
          hugs to you too

  7. Delsie profile image60
    Delsieposted 14 years ago

    You should never have to tell a lie.When you lie there must be a reason for instance you v'e done something wrong . Even if you think someone may be hurt by the truth it would be easier if you just think of the right words or the right person to do the telling.Lying implies something is wrong or someone has done something wrong. Otherwise there is no reason to lie.

  8. h.a.borcich profile image60
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    I think lies are sometimes white lies...When senile Aunt Ruth asks if you like her new dress when she does not have a new dress. Why upset her?
    Lies to save a life - as Cosette said. I can manage to justify those.
    But the lies meant to stall off dealing with the truth are bad. I had a cheating ex who lied to me repeatedly. His excuse -he had to protect me from the truth, when actually he just didn't want to hit the curb. Holly

  9. aefrancisco profile image60
    aefranciscoposted 14 years ago

    well, i think lies are lies. Truth will prevail at the end.

  10. bill yon profile image71
    bill yonposted 14 years ago

    everybody lies like it or not its the truth,there is no one on the face of this earth that hasn't lied about something.think about it.

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    ArtKaliposted 14 years ago

    Lying is inevitable sometimes, in order to protect others from the pain of the truth.  In my case, I have had a better time of things when I have told white lies than when I have been completely truthful, which I always prefer to be.  Whenever I tell the truth, I always pay a great consequence for saying it.

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    ShadowKing!posted 13 years ago

    Don't get caught. But if you want a morally accepted answer: keep lies out of important intellectual conversations and literature.

  13. annmeadows profile image59
    annmeadowsposted 13 years ago

    Telling a lie is mouthing, writing, or implying anything dishonest. People respect those who tell the truth, even if they come off as jerks, because they know they can rely on him/her.
    I have a friend who tells lies for the sake of nicety. Hedging is rude and should be avoided. Just get to the point.

  14. Sunny_S profile image61
    Sunny_Sposted 13 years ago

    Just make sure you dont get caught..


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