Definition Essay; Lies

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Definition Essay
April 6, 2012
To many people, a lie has little significance. Some people tell lies as a way to cover something up, make a different name for themselves, or just to make excuses. No matter what the situation, my father has constantly reminded me that the truth will set you free, and as I get older even though I am still in my youth, the more I realize the truth and importance of that statement. To me a lie is a form of disloyalty, the less you respect the person the more you lie to them as a way to cover up your true identity. A lie is when you mislead what is really the truth; where you don’t tell the full truth in order to deceive someone, or you avoid being honest at all. There are several different outcomes to lying, in hindsight the majority of them are dire. Whether it be the lack of trust that comes out of it, the series of bad events that come with a string of lies, or the amount of respect you have for yourself and for other people once you start living your life based on lies, nearly all outcomes of lying have rough or inadequate consequences.

Telling a lie shows a large amount of distrust in a person. Trust between 2 or more people is one of the most important traits in a relationship, because knowing the person you interact with helps you to determine that persons character, which as Martin Luther King Jr. once said, is what we should all judge our peers by. When we don’t know who we can trust, we can never form a true relationship with that person. At first a lie seems harmless, yet most of us have a natural urge to trust people, and telling a lie is a way to break that trust in an instant. All it takes is one small lie in order to completely ruin our trust, which is why it is so important that we are honest with almost everything, be it known that sarcasm and certain types of lies that benefit the other person’s well-being and emotions are occasionally acceptable. After all, no one is perfect and there comes a point when it...
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