What is good: A lie that brings a smile Or a truth that draws a tear?
I detest lies so I will have to answer with the truth that draws a tear.
Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.
It's always best to speak the truth, even if it may hurt the person. To many lies may be the foreground for a life of regrets.
The lie that comforts and doesn't bring a person's world crashing to ruins; the truth that brings a bad heart to brokenness. Only then though. A prima facie scenario. Otherwise, the truth only.
Sometimes a truth that draws a tear will bring an understanding and a smile.
I've always felt that I would rather be hurt by the truth than misled with a lie.
Moral answer: The truth
Realistic answer: You never want to hurt someone's feelings. Most of the time some one will lie to protect someone's feelings will be hurt by the truth, which is why a lie (especially when a person knows it won't be known) will suffice.
Eg.) Husband tells a dying wife that she will be ok to comfort her.
It's always wise to know the truth even if it hurts, but on occations, a lie can be a merciful thing such as a senile old person that has a terminal illness or a child too young to understand stark reality.
I will always choose to tell the truth that hurts over the lies that don't. That is exactly what I expect in return as well. A lie that prevents pain will come out eventually, and it will just cause that much more pain because of the original lie.
Tell the truth if you don't mind being hated. People hate to hear the truth. Try to wrap the truth up in a funny way if possible.
You can't fail with the truth.
If someone can't handle the truth or doesn't want to deal with the truth,that's a sure sign that they probably aren't truthful.
Truth every time.
It would depend on what is to lie about. There are small things you can lie about;
if it's something so serious, it's always best to tell the truth for lying is only putting that someone into confinement, and the longer that someone waits there, it would be very disastrous when he found out he was in that confinement.
a bird growing up in a cage wouldn't know what it's missing.
It is all about long term.
Does the lies will have long term effect? Meaning if it is being discovered at later stage, will it be worst than before? If so, then it will better to make known earlier and get it over with than dragging it along and have a much worst effect.
the truth. Sometimes it hurts but it's better in the long run to face the truth than to be told or live with a lie
The truth is far better than a lie. I would not want someone to smile, comforted in a lie, only to find out later not only the truth, but that I lied. Lies destroy trust and are always found out.
I agree with the majority here--truth is best. I would say that sometimes the BEST thing to do is to not say anything at all! Some truth is meant to be told, but sometimes it's not our role to be the one to tell it. The motive for telling the truth matters. Telling truth for motive of love, freedom, or for the relationship to be strengthened is good. Telling a truth such as, "Wow honey, you don't look good in that outfit at all" is not necessarily a good thing. Perhaps another truth such as, "I love you" would be a better choice in that moment. If the person is going on an interview, however, then telling them to try another outfit choice is beneficial. Why am I stuck on outfits? You get the point. :-)
When it comes to someone else's feelings the best thing is to say whatever it is that will make the other person feel good. Making the other person feel good is the objective. Sometimes a person needs to hear what they want to hear. They may already know the hurtful truth. What they may want or need is to hear something more positive.
A truth that draws a tear of course. Truth at times hurts but it that's a good thing because as you learn from it, you grow through it. A lie no matter how funny it may get, it remains a lie which in the end you'll regret even saying.
I think it depends on the situation. There is no hard and fast rule.
Bringing raised with religion, I was taught the truth is always better. But also being raised in a strict household with sometimes impossible standards, it was hard to always tell the truth, in fear of disappointing my parents. But after trying to get a way with a few lies, I've determined that the truth is usually better anyway.
As presented in the question, neither statement is good. Sometimes its best to not say anything at all.
The truth which draws a tear has more value than the lie which creates a smile
CWanamaker appears correct when he said "Sometimes its best to not say anything at all."
But no answer is not acceptable in a legal situation, that's why all those indicted in front of a congressional hearing say "I do not recall". Sometimes it's best to appear stupid to avoid lying or being hated. But saying "I do not recall" when you do is a lie.
A lie of ommision yes, but not an active fairy tale. but then again I would lie without guilt if someone's life was in danger. Lying to a criminal who is robbing a person - hell yeah!
A lie is a lie is a lie-If you lie it will make you more likely to do it again thats how people become great liers and if a child is taught tolie they will lie when they need to sometimes when they dont- it can become easier to lie than tll the truth even when the truth is not too bad...Lieing is never good- A joke is different from a lie- if the intent of the "lie" is humor it is not a "true lie"...In my opinion a lie is defined by its intent Whats that spot on your shirt then you flip your finger on the guys nose - its not a lie but a joke. If you tell someone their mom just died in an accident but she dis not- it could be a joke but its a sucky joke...Joks are not always funny....
A Truth that brings a smile. The abscense of lies that draw tears.
It is always best to tell the truth no matter what. When people know that you are honest whether the news is good or bad they will trust you. It shows respect when you tell a person the truth rather than lying to them. Usually with lies you end up having to tell the truth eventually anyways and that just makes you look horrible. "I only lied because I didn't want to hurt you" is the lamest excuse in the book. It would never fly with me.
Definetly a truth that draws a tear. Lying is never right. Lying is a sin. The truth may hurt now, but the lie will hurt later when the truth comes out. May I never be accused of lying to someone!
by rikabothra 4 years ago
Hi everyone,Here's a thought...We have been taught to speak the truth, but it is right to do so in the cost of hurting/harming someone? Especially if that someone is a person we care for? It is one of the biggest dilemmas, what do you think?
by sushant143 8 years ago
Why we afraid to tell the truth ??
by jaydawg808 5 years ago
Is it better to lie than to hurt someone's feelings for being honest?
by Flowering Heart 6 years ago
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by brittvan22 9 years ago
If you uncovered the truth behind a lie, would you tell the truth?Ok. let's say that you were going through some old papers in the attic and found that a possible grudge one sibiling had for another was based on a lie. The truth would clear the name of a sibiling that is deceased and perceived to...
by Dave Mathews 10 years ago
Is lying Wrong? Is lying a sin? Is the ommission of the truth or facts a lie, is it a sin? Are there degrees of lying and sinning, if so where should the line be drawn?
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