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.
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. Sibling arguments are a contributing factor to the odd white lie, although I remember being on the receiving end for most of those arguments. I certainly wasn’t the perpetrator.
But is it right to lie? I personally believe it isn’t because the more we lie, the more we will continue to lie. Unfortunately, whereas white lies may be an acceptable part of childhood, white lies will turn into black ones when we’re adults; we’ve just got better at covering our tracks. But we will always get found out.
We’ve also got better and become more experienced at knowing what to and how to say something to ward off any further communication. Nine times out of ten other people will believe what we say, unless what’s being said doesn’t make sense.
I also think there is an honesty concern. When we’re not being honest with someone, we’re not being honest with ourselves. It isn’t possible to grow emotionally or spiritually when you’re always telling white lies?
I always tell the truth in a diplomatic and compassionate way that doesn’t offend. To me the truth is always the best policy.