Fandango’s Provocative Question #91

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

This week’s provocative question is about honesty.How many times have you heard the expression “honesty is the best policy”? We are taught from a very young age to not lie. We are reminded that the key to trust is honesty. And yet, most people lie, whether it’s a “little white lie,” a lie to avoid hurting another person’s feelings, or a lie to avoid getting into trouble.

But if honesty is, indeed, the best policy and is critical to trust, why is it, then, that people lie? Is lying a “normal” part of the human condition?

To that end, this week’s provocative question is this:

Is it even possible to live a normal life and to not ever tell a lie?


I suppose it is possible to live a completely honest life but it is quite likely that that person will have a lot of enemies and few friends.

There is a difference between telling a little white lie to save either yourself or a loved one some embarrassment or hurt and telling blatant lies to advance your cause.

When people lie to benefit from it either monetarily or politically, it is a very serious issue. And these people can never be called normal people.

Whereas if a person tells little fibs or white lies, without a thought of gain, it is often excusable. But having said that, some people are mostly honest in giving their opinions without wrapping them in cotton wool and they are the most honest kind of people around. People who know these “honest Abes” will seldom ask the rhetorical questions which can have only one answer.

My conclusion is that either one can be a normal, polite fibber with friends or a totally honest person who has very few staunch friends who value honesty above politeness. And we aren’t talking about pathological liars!



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