The Ways We Lie Essay

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"We lie,we all do.We exaggerate,we minimize,we avoid confrontation,we spare people's feelings,we conveniently forget. We keep secrets,we justify lying to the big-guy institutions.Like most people,I indulge in small falsehoods and still think of myself as an honest person.Sure I lie,but it doesn't hurt anything.Or does it?"This is said by Stephanie Ericsson in The Ways We Lie.I do agree with her.If your lies are not bad for yourself or others,why should they be banned? First of all,the white lie assumes that the truth will cause more damage than a simple, harmless untruth.Here I just give you two examples.First,telling a friend he looks great when he looks like terrible can be based on a decision that the friend needs a compliment more than a frank opinion. Second,the sergeant in Vietnam who knew one of his men was killed…show more content…
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