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Posted 4/3/14
Is there any justification for a lie? Do you condone lying? Is it a bad thing or a good thing? How does it make you feel?

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No, No, bad and pretty awesome.
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20 / M / Chicago, IL
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Depends how people lie. For me, I don't take bad ones. but I can take good ones.

It shouldn't hurt to say that they're are 2 types of lies. yeah. Lying is bad, but it can be good at times. In case you want to get away from risky events. I too.. Lie numerous times. Just to save myself, my friends, even my family from the danger zone.
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There is no such thing as a good lie... Only delaying the inevitable.
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19 / M / Australia,Melbourne
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I Lie Some Times Just Because I'm Scared Of Death
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Lying can be fun.
It's also very interesting because you can easily find out what people are ashamed of.
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19 / F / North West Amexem
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"There comes a time in every man and woman's life where they have to make up shit to cover their ass." - Hazama.

Lying is a skill everyone should possess. I have lied numerous times to protect my younger siblings and friends. I also lied to gang members about where I lived.

Dumb Girl: "Oh! I live of Mountain High Boulevard!"

Dangerous Rapist: "Any family?.... Preferably young girls?"

Dumb Girl: "Yeah, two little sisters! Let's go there now!! I don't lie to anyone!"

Yeah...

Me: "Yeah, I live in another state."

Dangerous Gangster: "Where?"

Me: "Maine, way up north. I'll text the address. What's your number?"

Him: *Gives number*

Left and never saw him again. Of course. This is an extreme example..
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Yes lying can be justified, I dont condone I encourage it for some situations and its a bad thing which may make you feel good or bad.
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Posted 4/3/14 , edited 4/3/14
That lie could just as easily get you into a greater deal of trouble.

You: I live very far away!

Him: So that means there's no one around here to identify you or notice you're missing! /abducts

Why not just say that you don't give out your address to people you don't know?
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18 / M / behind you
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Sometimes a lie is a necessary thing that has to be done.
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21 / M / Cocoon
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Posted 4/4/14 , edited 4/4/14
Yeah, I lie whenever I feel like avoiding a situation that I have no interest in. It's easy to get away with it.
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Keeping to yourself is the antidote to lying.
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I usually hate it, but I can understand why some people lie. It really irritates me when someone lies about something because they don't quite remember or know the truth and their lie is just more convenient for them.
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Lies are only justified if they bring you closer to the truth than the truth would. For instance, if we look at an extreme version of the classic example of the "white lie," we can tell that it might be better in some cases.

"Does this make me look fat?" Now, assume the truth is that it does. However, we shall also assume that it is true that I love the girl asking me the question. Lastly, we will assume that the girl is not very sensible. If I answer that it does make her look fat, she will understand the truth that the dress makes her look fat, but also understand something false in that she will think that I don't love her. Thus, by answering that it does make her look fat, I have given her a false conception using something that is not a lie. However, by telling her a lie, she can understand something true. Granted, there is a very small number of people that will actually think that someone doesn't love them if they think a dress makes them look fat, and even if they do I would still recommend telling her that it does, because it can generally be explained away, and most people will want to know if a certain outfit looks worse than an alternative. But I argue that this situation is not so uncommon in less extreme circumstances.

If every word and thought could be understood exactly as I mean it, then I don't think there could be any lie that would be justified. However, words are CONSISTENTLY misunderstood by everyone from time to time, myself included. Therefore, there are moments where saying something true in one regard will lead to a false understanding in another regard. And if one regard is more important than another, then a lie might be able to preserve the truth better than the "truth" can. Thus, some lies are not only justified, but we arrive at the rather interesting conclusion that it is, in some situations, immoral to tell the truth.

Edit: Note that you must understand the "truth" in order for this to be justified. I suspect that many people think things that are not true, and are therefore not justified in using lies to show their mistaken truth. Consider:

The "Truth": Obviously I'm awesome.
The Rationale: I can't give an example of my awesomeness, but I'm obviously awesome, so if I just give an example of something awesome, and claim that I did it, then they can understand how awesome I am.
The Lie: I killed a bear through sheer intimidation: It shat itself to death.

This is completely justified if indeed you are perfectly capable of killing a bear with fear, but if you're not, then obviously, you're just an idiot misleading people -- you're leading people away from the truth. One of the drawbacks of the approach, and one of the reasons I'd claim lies are rarely justified, is because in most cases, it's damn hard to know that what you're saying is, in fact, the truth. Also, generally speaking, if you are awesome, you should probably know why that's the case -- just explain what makes you awesome. If you can't, then consider the possibility that you might not be awesome.
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Posted 4/4/14
I have no problem with lies or lying, they have their place and can be very useful.
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