Is honesty always the best policy? Is it ever okay to lie? If so, when?
Lying to prevent further argument: “I’m fine” upon the question “What’s wrong?” could stop a bigger problem from happening, a full-blown argument over something very little that could pass with a little space and time.
Lying to calm someone that is frantic: “You’re going to be okay” to a wounded soldier on the battlefield…the sense of calm this instills could actually save the person’s life, or at the very least, let them die in good spirits.
Lying to protect a child’s imagination or innocence: Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, how babies are born, etc.
Pleasantries: “Oh it’s no problem at all” when in fact, it IS a problem to take so and so to the airport, cover their shift, loan them five dollars, etc.–but why make them feel bad if you’ve already granted them a favor?
Makzilla and special guest Twisted Insane (the last feature on Tech N9ne’s fast-spitting anthem “Worldwide Choppers”) will address this and more on another relevant and entertaining episode of SM Live!