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Posted 12/2/16
When my wife suggests telling people a "white lie" as a solution to certain things I always object.

The way I explain to her my objections is this.

It has nothing to do with ethics or morality.

Think of it this way-

If you have to keep track of all of your little "stories" and have to keep them all straight, doesn't that involve effort?

Too much effort, for me.

I leave certain things unsaid. I redact. I don't have to blab everything to everyone all the time anyway- It's simply too much information.

Say and write as much as the other person needs to know. It smooths things just as much, if not more.

Lying is inefficient. Don't do it.
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nanikore2 wrote:If you have to keep track of all of your little "stories" and have to keep them all straight, doesn't that involve effort?


OId saying: "A liar needs a very good memory."


nanikore2 wrote:Lying is inefficient. Don't do it.


I never do it.

(Tough cleaning up all the tangled webs, after they get sticky and dusty.)
Posted 12/2/16
Ok dad
I won't lie
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It's inefficient for me, because I couldn't keep a straight face even if I did lie, lol.
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I don't lie because it's funny when I'm too blatantly honest and it hurts their feelings.



By the way, that was a lie.
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It's a shitty liar that gets tangled in his/her webs. That's Darwinism for you.


Some of the best liars out there are actors, so I won't condone it offhandedly. Just think about it; actors are paid to cast illusions.
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aeb0717 wrote:

It's a shitty liar that gets tangled in his/her webs. That's Darwinism for you.


Some of the best liars out there are actors, so I won't condone it offhandedly. Just think about it; actors are paid to cast illusions.


Best just not to. Why do something inefficient?
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Posted 12/2/16
I have lied, I will lie. I don't make stupid lies that require a story to keep however.

Simply small lies.

Ex) "Na, I didn't wait for you to show up too long." or "Yea, I made my bed." <---- Proceeds to make bed.

Neither require upkeep and first will make the other person feel better, the last one makes your more responsible looking.
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nanikore2 wrote:

When my wife suggests telling people a "white lie" as a solution to certain things I always object.

The way I explain to her my objections is this.

It has nothing to do with ethics or morality.

Think of it this way-

If you have to keep track of all of your little "stories" and have to keep them all straight, doesn't that involve effort?

Too much effort, for me.

I leave certain things unsaid. I redact. I don't have to blab everything to everyone all the time anyway- It's simply too much information.

Say and write as much as the other person needs to know. It smooths things just as much, if not more.

Lying is inefficient. Don't do it.


I hate lying, I do it as little as possible. However there are instances where they are practical and useful.

For example, if a child is LGBT+ and has family that could hurt or disown them if they found out, lying is a means of survival, a suffocating one, but an effective one.

White lies can also be used for productive innocence and good. When I was first entering highschool I joined the local fencing club and went to a summer camp. I was at the top of the class and admired by the boys, but there was one of the smallest and youngest, around 8 or 9 years old, it had been several days and he had not won a single round against anyone, and was made fun of for it by some of those boys. Needless to say he was down in the dumps, the instructors weren't really able to do anything about it. So when we had our tournament and I was put up against him, I couldn't in good faith beat this little boy like all the older boys were, maybe I'm just a mom at heart. So I feigned effort and made small comments 'to myself' about his height, just enough to make him think I was seriously competing with him. At the match point I let him slip one through to me. Idk, he cutely danced in happiness and the other boys took the hint and treated him nicer, and the instructors thanked me later for giving them their student back.

So yeah, I guess I do have to remember the little stories when I lie, so I just make sure they're ones I want to remember.
Posted 12/2/16

nanikore2 wrote:



Best just not to. Why do something inefficient?


Well, then we wouldn't have anime VA, now would we?
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Posted 12/2/16 , edited 12/2/16
"inefficient and impractical"

Tell that to undercover cops and actors.

They're paid to lie and it works out fine for them.

Hell, even a lot Businesses get away with it.
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Lying can be of use and is practical as mentioned a few posts up by ClothStatue "For example, if a child is LGBT+ and has a family that could hurt or disown them if they found out, lying is a means of survival" And its been mentioned multiple times of actors and cops.

It is practical and it is efficient depending on the situation.

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The world can't handle the truth.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

The world can't handle the truth.


On the contrary, gentle honesty is the only thing it can.
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Posted 12/3/16
I remember most of my lies and that is because I'm a professional writer.




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