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Is Honesty the Best Policy?

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 09:16 AM
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I am not a firm believer in the proverb \'Honesty is the best policy\'. While I\'m not denying that lying is morally incorrect, I truly believe that \'cushioning\' the truth with a few white lies in our daily lives is more than acceptable.

In fact, most lies are harmless. Untruths like \'I can\'t wait to read your book!\', \'Your chicken is divine\', or \'That coat makes you look thin\' are often told to make someone feel better. These fibs or white lies come up so often that the person on the receiving end can hardly feel betrayed or deceived.

Often, people lie to get something in return. For instance, I sometimes tell my mother that I\'ve been studying all night. This never fails to strike a chord of sympathy with her and so I always end up getting pancakes for breakfast the next day.Now, can you imagine what my day would be like if I didn\'t say this? I\'d be living on eggs and Tofu all week!

People also lie at the workplace or at school. Though the old \'the dog ate my homework\' outine may not work any more, you might just get away with something else. And who is to say

you are \'deceiving\' your teacher? A tiny deviation from the truth is nothing to be ashamed of!

Thus, deception to a certain extent is justified. In most scenarios, it makes people get along better or sometims it is just a means to an end. Eitherways, as long as there is no serious harm done, I believe a few white lies are imperitive for any relationship to florish.


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