Truthfulness, lies or half truths?

Is it okay to tell a lie if it is to prevent someone from unhappiness?

Or is being truthful at all cost should be our policy. As they say, honesty is the best policy, we should follow it regardless of any harm it may cause. There are different takes on this from different people. Some support the fact that a little white lie when told to stop someone from a hurt, is permissible.

The problem with lying is that once you get on this train, there is no stopping it. If I can tell a lie to save someone from getting hurt, I can lie to save myself from embarrassment. This way of thinking can lead us into deep quagmire of deceit.

We also have the people who have different versions of truth. They think that if one tweaks the truth a little, rearranging the facts adding a bit and omitting a few parts of the whole, it is still the truth. Well most people, that is people who prefer honesty, won’t agree that it is the truth. The words of the oath taken while testifying in court has taken this tendency of people and the words, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth have been included.

The convenient lie is a lie told to give false comfort to people, because an unpleasant truth can cause a lot of panic amongst public. This is sometimes seen when the authorities keep the facts hidden, placating people with half-truths and even outright lies. And the strange thing is that people sometimes prefer to hear comforting lies rather than face the unpleasant reality.

In the end I would like to mention the living lie detectors. These are the people who can sniff out a liar and the lies like a sniffer hound. They enjoy finding out the liars and have fun while doing it.

How do you feel about lying? Is it okay to tell a lie in certain circumstances or should the truth be the king, always.

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