How many of us have or still tell white lies to either cover up mistakes, or not to elicit the truth?
Research shows that people tend to lie. One study found that some people tell lies about two or three times in around 10 minutes. It seems to have become common place in today’s society. It has also become socially acceptable to lie about someone or something. It’s become an acceptable part of society.
As a child, I don’t remember telling white lies. I would always tell the truth to my mum when she asked me a question, but sibling arguments may have contributed to the odd white lie, although I remember being on the receiving end for most of those arguments. I wasn’t the perpetrator.
But is it right to lie? No I personally believe it isn’t, because the more we do it, the more we’ll continue to do it. Unfortunately, whereas white lies may be an acceptable part of childhood, white lies will always turn into black ones when we’re adults and we’ve got better at covering our tracks.
We’ve also got better and become more experienced at knowing what to and how to say something to ward off any further communication with other people and nine times out of ten other people will believe what we say, unless what’s being said doesn’t make any sense.
I also think there is an honesty concern. When we’re not being honest with someone else, we’re not being honest with ourselves. How do you grow spiritually when you’re always telling white lies? I don’t believe it’s possible to grow spiritually or emotionally, when we go round telling white lies.
I always favour telling the truth in a diplomatic and compassionate way that doesn’t offend. To me that is always the best policy.