May 5, 2011
Agree or Disagree: Lying is sometimes necessary.
As children we have all been lied to for generations about frivolous thins such as The Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and The Easter Bunny. What happens when the truth comes out and feelings are hurt? Then you have to ask yourself was it really necessary? I disagree that lying is sometimes necessary. Lying especially under oath is punishable by law, makes others think of you as disloyal and untrustworthy and is so much more complicated than telling the truth. On the other hand some people believe that telling a” white lie” (something that is believed to have little to no negative effect) to an innocent child isn’t so harsh. Another point that some point out is that children mimic what they see. A child may start lying habitually just because you told a “white lie” An innocent child may not fully understand the concept of “white lies” and when to use them. These children may end up in a cycle of repetitive lying where they find it difficult to stop altogether. When lying becomes a problem it is important to once again teach the child the consequences of lying. Moreover, what about fibbing to a friend in regards to a surprise birthday party? You then have to think, how is this person going to accept it, if they are a forgiving person or do they hold the silliest grudges? Your intentions may not have been bad per say but it’s the principle about the situation and this will create conflict for something that you may have thought was small.
Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you God? Those are the famous words we as Americans under oath swear to. If you lie under oath that is called perjury and can get you sentenced to jail or fined. In recent news, I came across an article about a young, naïve teenage girl that lied about getting raped while under oath just to save herself from getting grounded by her parents. As a result of her lying she...