Little White Lies
I can’t make my mind up about little white lies. So I thought I’d open it up for public debate! You see, I think that deceit has a strong tendency to come back to haunt you at a later date. Sometime those little white lies, turn into goddam scary ghosts! Yet there are times when to tell the truth would ensure an unnecessary argument, disappointment or depression.
So is it right to tell a little white lie to protect the feelings of someone else? And is it right to tell a little white lie to make yourself feel better about letting someone down in the gentle hope that they will accept that?
I have a friend with whom I talk to a lot on the phone. We instinctively know when something is up with the other but both, being great networkers, have a wonderful ability to avoid any subject, deflect a response with a glib often self deprecating remark and aptly change the subject to one where we feel more comfortable responding. So how does that work?
Simples! You ask a question. Now, it is useful to have a few of these up your sleeve. I am impressed with some of the options indicated in this forum: http://www.physicspost.com/physicsforums/topic.asp-ARCHIVE=&TOPIC_ID=7584.htm
We know instinctively when we are being fed a line or a story – don’t we? The trouble is, if we question the validity of the tale we are suggesting the teller is being other than sincere. Dare we question that? What if we are wrong? How does that look then?
Well since I have no spatial awareness I’ll have to dodge those questions lest I trip myself up!! Have a listen to this track by Jenniffer Kae. It’s great! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RshqhzTOiPQ
Alternatively, we can blame Ricky Gervais as the Inventor of Lying – that kind of works doesn’t it? Does anyone want to go see it with me?