We used the Public Insight Network to find out if people think it is okay to lie and, if so, when.
Mary wrote it is sometimes acceptable to lie:
Sometimes a lie to spare another person pain, but even then one must consider if it would not be better for that person to know the truth. To save a life. I think of the movie “Agnes of God,” in which the key question was: is it always better to know the truth?
Her late husband had a even stricter code of honesty:
My late husband, Sam, was… a congenital truth-teller; he never engaged in anything remotely resembling a lie or even slight distortion in either his professional or private life — except on one occasion, when, with great difficulty, I convinced him that a little white lie would spare my aged dad some pain. Although this was a tough quality to live with sometimes, it made him solid as a mountain, trusted as a man of integrity, both in (his work) and in his personal relationships.
Linda said she lies and isn’t always aware of when she does it:
The hardest lies to detect are the ones I tell myself. I am an optimist. Sometimes the truth about myself isn’t rosy and denial takes over.
When asked “what role does lying take in your life?” Bill answered emphatically:
!! NONE !! As a Follower of Jesus (which is radically different from Christianity, Churchianity or Religianity), my responsibility-job-privilege to “render honest verdicts,” or call ’em the way I see ’em, the way they actually are. Often, there are multiple ways of stating a case, and some may be more positive and-or encouraging than others but without shading the truth. I will do that.
How about you? Tell us what you think of lying and cheating
–Stephanie Curtis, social media host