They say that white lies are okay, I say that lies in general aren't fine, and we tend to say things that seem like lies for different reasons. Sometimes we say certain stuff to not offend others. Other times we say things for manners. Also we say things to show some kind of respect.
Although lying is intentionally trying to manipulate someone into believing something, white lies on the other hand are justified because they create a safe space for people to share the artificial happiness created, avoids hurting people's feelings, and may benefit both parties. Based on the opinions shared in class, white lies: cushion unfavorable situations, may boost self esteem, often benefits both parties, and are often easier to commit to compared to the truth. White lies avoid emotional damage and minor consequences that your choice of words may have on other people. There are many degrees to lying, a white lie is at the bottom of the scale because they are often small enough to be harmless. White lies offer protection from offensive truths that might otherwise ruin relationships between people and negatively impact the lives of the parties involved. People use white lies in order to get the variables in their current situation to work in their favor. We fear what the truth may bring, so by using a slight of hand with our words we pridefully manipulate situations to favorable circumstances. Lying in general comes with great power. Once we learn that telling little lies are harmless, telling bigger lies seems easier to do. Like Uncle Ben wisely phrases it,"With great power comes great responsibility." Lies are a convenient way to make life easier, but when you abuse it's power you'll find yourself in a web of trouble.
White lies are okay because of the different intent they have compared to conventional lies. As mentioned white lies are often told to shield people from unnecessary stress and worry not because we wish to harm but rather care for these people we lie to. It makes things simpler and though it was mentioned that lies or lies no matter what and can lead to worse in the future you need not worry because as mentioned before because of the varying intent of each. Even if the magnitude of a white lie increased I believe it would still be okay as long as it was all for the greater good.
I completely agree with you Jack, white lies are used to help not hurt people. They are tools not ammunition to hurt people, I like the analogy of shielding.
I also agree with Jack because I think white lies prevents you from telling the truth that would probably hurt someone. By telling white lies, you're kind of telling them something they wish to hear rather than saying the opposite.
Although lies are bad we sometimes tend to make others believe us in the other hand, white lies are sometimes ok becuase we don't want to hurt the other person's feelings like our loved ones we tend to say something we don't mean for example, when a friend asks if this color or clothes looks descent we tend to lie and say yes it looks nice on them but deep down it doesn't but we try to agree with them although we are lying to them
White lies are okay because they are used not to hurt anyone feelings as lies are used to be manipulative, disingenuous, and devious. White lies are used to help a situation or not create conflict in the world, they are used for good to help one another in a topical or messy situation. For example, if I know someone that has problems with their body, and they ask, "How do I look?", or "Does this look okay?", I'm going to do everything I can to make them feel good about themselves, and if that means giving them a little white lie to help them feel better than that's what I'm going to do. White lies don't hold any malice or intention to be mean, they just used to withhold the truth from people and if that's what the people want then why don't we just give it to them. Lies are used to get out of sticky situation, but those situations are not the same as the white lies and don't have the same repercussions. White lies are not wrong because we were taught that they weren't, we were taught at a young age that lying was wrong and we shouldn't do it, that's when are parents taught us about white lies and how their like lies but don't hurt anybody. White lies are okay to used as they tools to helping us when we need them, lies are used to get out of something or be fake with people you want to impress, they are polar opposites.
Yes Jacob I totally agree with your opinion, when somebody is feeling a type of way about their body of course you have to do everything you can to boost their self esteem even if that means lying.
White lies are deemed okay because they are not intended to hurt the other person’s feelings or to that extent. Lying is wrong because you are intentionally deceiving someone and hiding the truth from them. It’s against one’s morals to lie, but to many, white lies are more acceptable. For example, if someone were to get a haircut and you think it doesn't look nice, it would be okay to tell a white lie and say it looks nice because they already cut their hair and you can’t really say anything about it. White lies are often told to people to avoid saying something you don’t really want to say. Sometimes the truth hurts and even though a lie is a lie, we often tell white lies just so people can hear something nice even though it’s bad.
White lies are considered okay because the truth is not always appropriate. If a small lie can make someone feel better, without a negative consequence, then the lie is okay. A great example of this is the classic "how do I look in this outfit" question. If she doesn't look good, but you tell her she does, what is the harm? The benefit of course is that you help her feel better, raise her self esteem, and aren't hurting her feelings.
Not all lies are okay. But if it is minor and can create a positive benefit in someone else's life without a negative consequence, then there really is no harm. Part of being human is helping others in need. And sometimes what another person needs is to feel good, and if a white lie can accomplish that, then it is the right thing to do.
Sometimes we say white lies because we do not want to hurt our family, friends, and girlfriend/boyfriend. The problem is that lies begin as white lies, but at the end it becomes in a habit. We think that white lies are inoffensive, but these are hidden information that can make a big difference or change one life. The biggest problem in a near future is we could not see the difference between a truth or a lie, and people will not believe us when we say something. Although we do not want to hurt somebody, it is better to say the truth.
Lying isn't okay, knowing the truth is best and only way people should keep it with each other. White lies on the other hand are usually harmless lies to avoid hurting the feelings of others. Regular lies are just secretive and just flat out disrespectful. White lies are said to people who you care about and don't want to hurt their feelings by telling the truth. Therefore white lies are harmless and petty lies to protect the feelings of people we care about.
White lies are considered to be fine because they're not used to intentionally hurt people. White lies are used to prevent hurting someone's feelings. A white lie could be as simple as pretending you like a gift someone bought for you. A "regular" lie is used for more self-interest, and when someone doesn't want to face the consequences for whatever reason.
When it comes down to lying it depends how you use it. Many people will lie just to get their way. The difference with white lies is people say white lies to please others. For example when you know the truth will hurt someone you're obviously not going to tell them the truth you're going to tell them what makes them feel good. White lies are used to give people hope, they're little lies that you know won't hurt anyone. Lying is only good when you use it in a good way.
White lies can be seen as an "okay" thing to do because it provide us a place to shelter ourselves from the worst outcome compared to actually telling the truth to a person. A definition of a white lie is to reply to someone with false statement in order to avoid hurting someone else's feelings or to simply to get out of a dilemma. White lies can possibly be part of a foundation of life because it can contribute to survival. People tend to slip small lies into their daily lives in order to avoid complications. For some people, they look at white lies as a game of deception. The game is, if the person that they try to lie finds out that they are lying then it is game over. If the person that they try to lie does not know that they are lying, then they are considered to be safe. Sometimes, people participate in a game of deception because it is "fun" and no one does not have to get hurt or to be put in danger. White lies may be harmless but keep on lying, then several white lies would add up more than just "it's just a small lie."
It's not that white lies are okay they're just generally accepted depending on the situation. If it was something serious such as cheating on a partner or lying about something that could have a huge impact on another individual is definitely not the time to lie. Situations like that definitely call for honesty. It's small, more of a minor situation where the white lie is accepted. Such as when your mom asked if you ate your vegetables for dinner or being asked if you've started your homework when you know you really haven't but are already planning on it. It's never really okay to lie but if it will make a minor situation a little easier well why not.
I have to assume we are speaking of the societal opinion here, so in that context it is my belief that:
White lies are seen as less in magnitude and weight from a societal point of view. As white lies in society are commonly told in a well intended untruth for the sake of being polite or diplomatic.
Its not so much that white lies are ok, however; has more to do with the view and context of how white lies are seen and weighed through the eyes of society.
if the vast majority of society viewed white lies as a "regular lie" equal in weight and magnitude, a regular lie like usually ones told to avoid criminal prosecution or when an unfaithful spouse lies to their significant other about their faithfulness to them. Then, the societal view would be vastly different and un-favored.
So to answer the question, it is not that white lies are ok. It is that in the eyes of society they are viewed as ok and acceptable for the context of how they are used.
We often want to think lying is wrong but white lies are okay because we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. We don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings if we tell them the truth. I always would like to tell the truth because I don’t like to lie. But if someone tells me what do you think of this outfit and I don’t like it , I wouldn’t tell the truth. Especially if it was my best friend and she was excited to wear the outfit. We should always tell the truth because we would want someone to tell us the truth. Later on it will come back to you , if someone laughs that would be the person who said a lie to you , so think white lies aren’t okay even if people think they are okay . I don’t think it will every change because people will continue to tell white lies , and everyone thinks it’s okay . Especially when your trying to sell something and you have to lie about the product. It all depends on the situation.
We tend to used white lies so we won't hurt our love ones but a good example is when people lie to you and then u see them cheating on you and there lies are just bad one after another and you never finished with lies it only hurts the relationship.
They say that white lies are small lies. That it is easier to give a white lie than to give an explanation. That they are used to not hurt anyones feelings but, even though this might be true, a lie is a lie. Small or big its still a lie. So why lie? Lying is wrong so white lies shouldn't be okay either. The truth comes out eventually one day. There is no point in lying because being honest is better. Everyone likes an honest person so i believe that we should all be honest even if we are tempted to lie.
White lies are ultimately judged to be okay or not depending on the motive of the lie. Lies in order to keep someone happy, to keep unnecessary things out, and are unselfish are okay according to social morals. However, lies that have a bad motive behind them such as selfishness would not be acceptable in this society. For example if I were to lie saying that I did not steal someone's $20 when i actually did steal it would make me seem more selfish than good. However, in another example, If I were to lie by complimenting someone, saying that they look younger, when in reality I did not even notice a difference at all, it would be considered a good lie because it had a good intention behind it.
Lying in general is wrong for both parties but white lies can be excused in certain times to avoid conflicts between people. I believe it all depends on your ethical and moral point of view but sometimes white lies can help to not hurt peoples feelings. White lies can also be used to get through things as long as you don't harm or damage someones reputation. White lies are suppose to be used as something small and unharmful towards someone. Everyone lies and I believe as long as someone uses a white lie to get through things without damaging the other person then it's okay to use them.
White lies are generally acceptable to tell because these lies do not carry a high consequence unlike regular lies. The lies that are considered white lies are small with good intentions. Whether it be lying about your spouses cooking or choice of attire. The is a tactic to avoid any further conflict in that instance.
Believed to be totally harmless, white lies can sometimes have the same effect as regular lies since a lie, no matter how big or smal,l is a lie. Our thoughts on white lies tend to be askew, since it has become something we tell our coworkers, parents, or even significant other every day. From telling someone they look good when they actually don't to telling yourself that one more donut isn't going to hurt, these lies are meant to lighten the blows of reality. Sprinkling white lies here is acceptable, but doing it consistently to the point where you are lying about everything is where the line should be drawn.
White lies can help bypass the pain of reality. Lying is never a good trait but when used at the right time can change the course of the day or an event. As much as people state that they never want anyone to lie to them. That can be a lie in itself. We have all experience asking for advise and hoping to hear the response we want. That is us telling a lie to ourselves. White lies are ok and can be helpful. Like everything in life. Things are best when use in moderation.
White lies might not seem to be as bad as regular lies, however, they can have the same effect. For example, let’s say you don’t want to disagree with someone’s decision. The first example is to not tell your friend their outfit isn’t cute because they think it is, you’re saving yourself from getting insulted back and them from getting upset instead of actually telling them the truth. So they go out in that outfit and other people also might think it’s not fashionable and you could’ve saved them the trouble of going out like that but you didnt. Same with makeup, if someone’s eyeliner is horrible and you don’t want to tell them because you think it’s rude or it might hurt their feelings and they go out like that others are going to think the same thing and stare at them. So instead of agreeing with someone’s decision when you actually don’t, tell them what you think because it would help them and help you too. So in a sense, white lies are “okay” but can cause the same amount of damage as regular lies.
White lies can be good and bad in the most part. White lies can be good because it can avoid someone getting hurt. Yet in the other hand white lies can be bad because everyone should alwYs know the truth. Therefore I believe white lies shouldn't be considered 100% good because somebody should always know the truth no matter the circumstances.