"And the Truth Shall Set you Free"

This is one of my devils, I don't think you need to be truthful all the time. In fact some situations actually call for lying...

I've been thinking about this phrase and the idea of truth in general. We are taught from a young age to tell the truth and that doing so is a good and Nobel thing.

Then we grow up and realise that telling the truth all the time, is not the best course of action. For instance, telling your mum she looks awful in that dress, may be fine when you are 6 years old (if a bit cheeky), but at 25 it would just be mean.

This, I guess, is tact. Knowing when to tell the truth or not. Omitting particular details and waiting for the right moment before speaking.It is not something you can teach or learn you either have tact or you don't.

I really believe little white lies never hurt anyone. I mean what is so good about being truthful if someone gets hurt by it?

Equally I would argue that one must tell the truth when it comes to the big things in life, i.e don't lie about who you are as this is one thing you'll never be able to hide forever (Of course don't lie to cover up crimes - I'm not justifying that).

Even then there is always more then one side to every story and each is true from different prospectives.

After all if everything was as simple as right and wrong, truth and lies wouldn't the world be a much easier place to live in. Really isn't it all just shades of grey...

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  1. I had just finished watching the Hogfather last week (which I highly recommend) and what I found interesting was the comment that humans are creative and therefore make things more interesting otherwise if right and wrong were clearly defined, then we would be a very boring race in a very boring world. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that being creative is lying, but sometimes the line for right and wrong is not clearly defined and therefore can be interpreted in a way that suites a person too.

    I mean personally I a person who is always big on telling the truth and on quite a few occasions offended my friends. I even have the nickname “the truth”. I am trying to be more tactful nowadays but the truth is that it its true, I just do not have it. I agree a simple white line does not hurt but sometimes it does get to me depending on what kind of a lie it is, plus my constant worry is that one lie could develop into more lies and I would not be able to keep up with it therefore person I am lying to would find out and never trust me again. I like to think that I am trustworthy.

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  2. Who hasn't told a little white lie in his or her life? Sometimes we do it to spare another person's feelings, sometimes it's because we're too chicken to own up to something. :-)

    I try to be tactful, especially when it comes to the people I love. And I agree with you, sometimes truth isn't black and white.

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  3. Altho I myself fall into the category of being "tactfully" untruthful at times, there are those occasions where tact won't work and sometimes one must tell the whole truth even if it does hurt. I have found that by being "tactful" (sometimes) also hurts.
    Great post...gives us a lot to think about.
    Peace

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  4. White lies are fine. They take people's feelings into consideration, and all to be encouraged:)

    Interestingly named though - why not a 'black lie' or a 'grey lie'?

    I read somewhere that the black and white/grey 'checker' spaces on a chess board represented different zones: white/grey is a reality seen by the public, the unwashed masses, and black is that which is real.

    The chancellor of the exCHEQUer motions between the two and flits in-between zones; we stay in the white.

    I may be mistaken and I may be driving down highways of the mind into no-man's land.

    Anyway, great post. Hope all is finer in -and out of the shadows in Falcon Land:)

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  5. I dont know.....I guess its up to everybody what they want to lie about...free will and all:)

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  6. The things that keep me up at night are the lies that I've told.

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  7. It also depends on who you are dealing with. When the Nazis came to the store owner in Copenhagen and asked him if anyone was hiding anywhere in the building, can you imagine if he said "Well, I cannot tell a lie, I'm hiding Anne Frank and her family. Let me show you."

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  8. I find it a bit ironic that we are told to be truthful as kids, while our parents probably aren't that truthful, at least because of the nature of being adults.

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  9. The truth is not always noble, clean or good-and though we have to take it as it is, does not mean we have to dish it out the same way. It called character.

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  10. I think the problem here lies in the definition of "little white lie". I find that it varies greatly from person to person and that's when the trouble starts. Personally, I would rather hear that I look like crap in an outfit than go out looking like a twat, you know? For me, tact is keeping my mouth shut when I haven't been asked.

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  11. Being truthful at times to best pals meant to be good so that's fine.

    Being truthful could be difficult sometimes......more so with our significant half sometimes...:(

    Sad but true.

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  12. truth... it's good sometimes. But it is also good to bend the truth sometimes as well as skirt around the truth or just plain make up your own "truth" (fancy for lie.. hahaha)

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  13. I have to agree that the world is not as simple as black and white. But you know... I don't think I would want it to be.

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  14. "Telling the truth" is wildly overrated in my opinion. "Not lying" is much more of a virtue, and yes, there's nothing wrong with shades of grey. Sometimes, black and white just won't do.

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  15. Well said and remember: It isn't a lie not to tell the whole story!

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  16. I remember I was teached: Honestly last the longest".
    My experience in life have showed, that was a lie. I do often regret this fact.
    Therefore I like this weeks WW: Blog for Peace.

    And this is my standard comment to bloggers I do not "know". OK?

    http://baguetteonmytable.blogspot.com/

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  17. I totally agree with you. I tell white lies once in a while. Lies that wont really make a difference but will just make the person feel better. But lies that are big is a big no-no for me. Truth is always the best policy in that!

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