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TIming is everything, for sure. Do you think the truth should be withheld if it would hurt someone?
I think it depends on a lot of things... do they have the right to know? Can they "handle" it? Are you telling them in order to hurt them, or because in the long run it will be better for them? All these are factors I think.
Does that dress make me look fat?. No guy in his right mind is going to say yes and face the risk of being in the doghouse forever. If someone asks that question, she knows the answer, so she expects a lie. Nothing but a trick question
Woman: "does this dress make me look fat?"
Man: "That dress doesn't do you justice, try this one..."
rd, you have a beautiful way of looking at things. I believe if my husband did just what you said, I of course would know I looked fat in the dress, but he loves me and is trying to help. Enjoying this answer thread.
I see what you're saying about the context. Would you tell a lie to the other party during a lawsuit? What about lies of omission, where you keep silent so the other person is left in the dark?
It’s been said; The first law of nature is self-preservation. I might lie rather than face a severe punishment especially if the truth might elicit physical harm. Lying (by omission) to avoid getting involved in a dispute between others is common.