Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Are white lies OK?

Question: If someone asks you how you are and you tell them that nothing is wrong but there is something wrong, is that considered a lie?

Answer I suppose that saying nothing is wrong when something is isn't perfectly honest, but I don't think it is sinful. There are those who value honesty and straightforwardness to the point where they are often causing conflicts, etc. Prudence is the steersmen of all virtues, and sometimes it is simply not prudent to be honest!

That said, I suppose you could just say something like "Oh, I'm just in a bad mood" or "I'm tired" and thus avoid the question without lying!

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