Everybody Lies

Topics: Lie, Deception, Truth Pages: 2 (749 words) Published: March 17, 2014
Everybody Lies

Lying is part of the daily life of every person in the world. Everybody lies for many reasons like convenience, hate, compassion, envy, selfishness, necessity, or as a defense against aggression. But leaving aside its origin or motivation, not all lies are equal. Stephanie Ericsson introduces us to a few types of lies in her essay "The Ways We Lie" while Mr. Langston Hughes tells us his testimony about a lie that affected his feelings when he was young. In deed there are a several types of lies. Here are a couple like "The white lie that doesn't hurt someone, lies by Omission that omits an important fact, deliberately leaving another person with a misconception and the Groupthink lie that could lead to serious consequences.

One of the most common lies is "The White Lie". According to Stephanie Ericsson is the kind of lie that "assumes that the truth will cause more damage than a simple, harmless untruth" (165). A white lie is deceit you tell to save someone's feelings, basically. Such as person asks her best friend how she likes her new coat, she thinks it’s really awful, but saying so would hurt her feelings, so the person should say something like "It's a lovely color on you". Mr. Langston Hughes show us a perfect kind of white lie in his story when he says "so I decided that maybe to save further trouble, I'd better lie, too, and say that Jesus had come, and get up and be saved" (98) he felt pressured to be "saved" because he was sitting there for a long time and wanted to get out of there, so, no body got hurt by his decision. He was not telling a lie, but he was withholding the truth. Villa 2...
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