Fandango has posted his latest FPQ #12
“How do you feel about people who always seem to exaggerate when relating a story? Do you equate embellishment with lying? As a blogger, when, if ever, is stretching the truth, other than when writing fiction, permissible?”
It is human instinct to try to generate feelings of admiration and envy in the minds of his fellow beings. There are a very few of us who are free from this desire. The normal mortal and flawed human is going to use some embellishments while telling of their stories. The degree of this embellishments is directly proportional to the relationship of the listener. In case of close friends, or family where the need to impress is not great the exaggeration may be minimal or even absent. But if the people who are listening ( or reading ) are those that the narrator ( or the writer ) wants to impress and overawe with their talent, the degree of exaggeration is greater.
Is this okay? Well not really. To be very truthful and exact should be the nature of a narrative.
But people often are not. They take creative license or stretch the truth.
I think that if this is not hurting anyone in the process and the absolute principle of truth is not at stake than a little stretching of the facts is okay. But if you are testifying on an issue, there no other option than absolute honesty. If I am writing about a funny incident, I will ( or can) embellish it a bit to exaggerate and make it funnier. And I think others do it too.
Then there are people who recount an adventure they had with a little bit of exaggeration every time they tell it. And a small five pounder they had caught becomes a massive fifty pounder fish. That sort of retelling of stories usually make them a target of jokes. They lose respect in the eyes of their peers and achieve the very reverse of what they aim for. This is surely an undesirable result.
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