The Council’s Ruling — White Lies

February 4, 2008, 12:00 pm; posted by
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This and every Monday, the Bweinh!tributors, having convened in secret for hours of reasoned debate and consideration, will issue a brief and binding ruling on an issue of great societal import.

This week’s question — Is a ‘white lie’ always wrong?

The Council issues the ruling of ‘no,’ but was unable to agree on a rationale.

David offers this opinion, joined by Job and MC-B:

A ‘white lie’ is acceptable — keeping a birthday party a surprise, not compromising national security, not revealing the location of the last piece of cheesecake, etc.


Steve concurs in the judgment, joined by Connie:

No. An attempt to deceive should be judged in its context.


Tom concurs in the judgment:

There are times the consequence of a heartless truth outweighs that of a harmless lie.


Chloe concurs in the judgment:

No. White lies that spare another person (not yourself) from social embarrassment are simply an act of kindness.


Djere concurs in the judgment:

No. A lie is only a truth you haven’t yet come to understand fully.


Josh dissents:

I’ve never told one.


Erin dissents:

What part of ‘lie’ is right?


Mike played no part in the determination of this issue.

Next time: Which necessity of life is hardest to afford?


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