Lying is always morally wrong because it is used to benefit one 's self-image, cover up one’s personal flaws, and it is used to receive some sort of personal gain. One reason that lying is morally wrong, is because it is almost always used to improve self-image dishonestly. In a study done by Bella DePaulo, a social psychologist at the University of California, she found that out of 147 adults, most lied about 1-2 times a day (Bhattacharjee). Also, the majority of those lies were aimed at “presenting a false image” (Bhattacharjee). People have insecurities that lead them to lie and over exaggerate their position or title in the world.
In addition, he believes that “we just have to check that the act we have in mind will not use anyone as a mere means, and, if possible, that it will treat other persons as ends in themselves” (O’Neil, 2008, p. 113). This principle acts as a moral code implying that one should never treat a person merely as a means to an end. Overall, Kantian ethics focuses and recognizes the importance of the value of humanity. His categorical imperative ultimately leads to a “kingdom of ends,” in which norms that deny the value of humanity are not permitted. In my opinion, it would be difficult to disagree because most individuals value their own life.
However, we are not alone as human begins it's in our nature to lie. In the essay "The Way We Lie," Stephanie Ericsson explains a few of the many reasons why we lie, "We avoid confrontation, we spare people's feelings, we conveniently forget, we keep secrets" (1992, p. 159). We want to avoid a big argument or fight that might make matters worse. We lie to protect another from the truth because it might be unbearable. A lie can come out of our mouth without much thought.
Justin Luna Eng 90 September 25, 2015 Have you ever wondered why we lie? Is it to make ourselves look good or is it because it's too embarrassing to tell the truth? I believe everyone lies in one way or another and that not all lies are intentionally told to cause harm. In fact, lying sometimes might be the best approach when it comes to protecting our privacy and ourselves. The story I have chosen is Stephanie Ericsson’s The Ways We Lie, and it covers the different ways that we lie to each other and why we do it.
Before presenting the categorical imperative, Kant says some things about the value of human beings and morality. Rachels (2003) says that “Kant thought that human beings occupy a special place in creation. It is an old idea from ancient times, humans have considered themselves to be essentially different from all other creatures-and not just different but better. In fact, humans have traditionally thought themselves to be quite fabulous. Kant certainly did.
That is why it is better to not tell big lies because that would affect you and other people negatively. On the other hand, I believe that lying is a necessity in certain circumstances. For example, we tend to lie to others in little things like their appearance or when they give us a bad present, we lied to not hurt their feelings and to not be rude to them. I think that those small polite lies are okay to say in order to make people feel good about themselves and to keep their affection. I agree with Mark Twain when he said, “lie for other’s advantage, and not our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, and
In the late 18th century, German philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote extensively on the basis of morals. In his Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals¸ Kant describes the dichotomy present in humans which is a result of humans being both a rational and a natural creature. The rational portion of human pulls them towards acting morally through use of reason. At the same time, the natural aspect of human beings acts as a counterweight, pulling people towards their natural inclinations, especially self-interest. The strength of this counterweight seems massive when a look is taken at human history.
Why do we lie? This question isn 't whether we lie or not, because we all do, and if you disagree, you guessed it, you 're lying. This question isn 't about how good it is to sometimes lie or the urgency to, this question is about knowing the right moment to actually tell a lie where it will benefit a relationship. Lying cannot necessarily be great, but there are times when not telling the truth can actually be a good thing. It is in our human nature that we lie, we do this for many different types of reasons; parents to their children, to keep surprises and secrets and lastly, to protect themselves and others.