Society generally deems lying as wrong, but there a grey area remains present when one considers whether a lie truly is moral. There are two sides to every story and multiple factors one must consider.. The phrase “little white lie” downplays the moral backing to the general teaching that lying and deceit are bad. The lies that are categorized in that area are considered beneficial in the context that they are intended to “help” an individual, such as with esteem, or to not hurt an individual 's feelings. The white lies can morally start to develop and spiral into worse and worse scenarios.
1) Conflicting Duties 1) Preservation of life is on top of the hierarchy of duties list. When duties conflict, then the lesser evil duty should be chosen. According to this book, Hill says that lying is acceptable in a life-and-death situation because you are trying to protect innocent people. 2) Mutual Deceits 2)
In our society, majority of people lies to their family, friends,or even the lover. “Why do people lie to them”? Definitely there are some reasons. When people feel their family or friends is not doing good at something, they don’t want to hurt their feelings and lie to them that they are doing great. People want to protect them from getting injured by some facts that hurt their mood, emotion, or feeling. In this case, people want to make their friends feel better in mood, they could lie to them. A goodwill lie doesn’t mean it’s malevolent, it might be a good method to protect the people. On the other hand, sometimes there are some different situations that you must tell the truth, which is emergency or the facts that you have to tell to other people.
Imagine that your best friend got braces and she asked you how does she look with them. You think she doesn 't look that good in them, yet you tell her she looks beautiful. You lied to your friend because you thought if you told her the truth you might hurt her feelings. I believe you would lie just to protect and care for more. This connects to my argument because I firmly believe that lying is acceptable in our society.
Some people may believe that once you have lied you are untruthful to another person . For example, Immanuel Kant says a lie even if does not wrong to any particular individual always harms mankind individually .(4) This argument is wrong because you are not hurting mankind you are protecting someone from harm .
This lying and deception is happening in the world people live in today. For example when the American government lied to their citizens about their place in the Vietnam war, they were told that the war was going well in their favor and how they will be victorious even though they were not. Once the real reports were leaked, people were outraged because they were lied to and misled, they supported a cause which was morally wrong. This could happens on a smaller scale too, you may have lied to a friend or family member about something and once they had found out what had happened and how you lied to them, it may be hard to tell them your
Lying is a form of deception, but not all forms of deception are lies. Lying proves itself as one of the most common acts carried out within society, but lying and deceit are also acts that are commonly deemed “wrong”. One researcher has said 'lying is an unavoidable part of human nature’. Therefore, the majority of people find that lying and deceit, as well as the morality of the two, are worth thinking about.
1. Lying requires a lot of mental effort. We make the same decision hundreds of times each day: do we lie or do we tell the truth? It occurs with virtually no thought and we’re all guilty of ignoring the impact of these “apparent” inconsequential little “white” lies. Even the smallest lie will impact your life by jeopardizing relationships, costing you money, creating health issues and affecting your credibility.
According to her article, when a person is telling a lie, it is hard to hold a lie for a period of time because the person may forget what he or she said about the lie before. Therefore, other people can find out that the person is lying easily, and the person needs to suffer the negative effects, such as other people’s anger or a broken relationship. In Lana Winter-Hébert opinion, when trust is broken, it can never fully be regained because other people will wonder whether the person is telling a lie or not, so she claims that being honest is important to people. Instead of always being
“A truth told with bad intent, beats all the lies you can invent” discuss in relation to ‘A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’. Technically, I believe that there are different types of lies, small lies that avoid conflict, lies told to spare peoples’ feelings, lies accounted for their own benefit, lies that bypass responsibilities and lies told to hide the truth. Lies are often portrayed because the person is scared of rejection, a lie is like a shield and the reality can be painful, in spite of this a lie can hide or delay the pain by taking the easy way out. Telling the truth with bad intent, gets someone else in trouble and the liar gains something, it can be witnessing them in pain or maybe they get something you lost from the truth.
I agree with Kant that lying is wrong. However, unlike Kant, I do believe there are exceptions that allow us to justify a lie when the greater good outweighs the wrongness from the lie. When I say greater good I do not necessarily mean the greater good for all, as in utilitarianism, but more the overall result from the lie is better than the overall result from not lying (e.g., a life is saved). So, I guess I prescribe to consequentialism here.