define 'lies' and 'truths'. What context are we talking about? Are we defining truthfulness based on what the speaker thinks? Truth independent of individual beliefs? Are we taking into account intents?
Also, I am curious... Where did this question come from?
Lies often have short tracks, as the majority of our species is about as good at lying as your average dog but yes, sometimes it's better to lie than not to. Like when the phone salesman calls you. It's 4am, I won't even try making sense.
"Confound not truth with falsehood, nor knowingly conceal the truth." (Holy Quran 2:43)
“O you who believe! Fear Allah (God), and be with those who are true (in words and deeds).” (Holy Quran 9:120)
Holy Prophet Muhammad [Allah's Apostle] (saw) said three times:
"'Shall I not inform you of the biggest of the great sins?' We said ' Yes, O Allah's Apostle '. He said, ' To join partners in worship with Allah, To be undutiful to one's parents '. The prophet sat up after he had been reclining and added, ' And I warn you against giving forged statements and a false witness; I warn you against giving forged statements and a false witness '. The Prophet kept on saying that till we thought that he would not stop " (Bukhari, Book of Good Manners)
He also said another time:
"Whoever does not give up speaking lies and (does not give up forged) acts with it, God is not in need of his leaving his food and drink." (Bukhari, Book of Fasting)
I think what that means, or how I see it anyway, is that once someone starts lying they have to continue lying to cover up their first lie and the process just keeps continuing until they're so tangled up in them that it becomes necessary to live their own lies. Telling the truth the only way they can release themselves from the cycle of lying.
I think of it this way, personally, because I've seen it and my brother's a very good example of this. He began a bunch of lies about my parents and I, spreading them around the family, and soon he found that he had to keep lying in order to maintain the first ones he'd made. He'd wanted the family to accept him (exactly how he thought to do that by bashing his own parents i'll never know), but it mostly backfired on him and he's largely ostracized from the family, yet he continues to lye because he won't admit he's wrong and telling the truth now would prove to the few who do believe him that he's a liar, which he won't do, so he had to continue the front. He might loose what few people believe him if he told the truth, but it would set him free from the cycle he's trapped himself in and can start fresh. It's tragic, in a way, because now he's forced to live a life of lies to keep up the ones he first made but he did it to himself.
This is just my own experience with the power of lying and the truth, though, so just because I see it this way doesn’t mean other people don’t see it differently.
I wouldn't make such bold a statement as to lump us all together like that because I know, for myself at least, that I don't conceal myself and I say what I believe is the truth to the best of my knowledge. If my knowledge is proven flawed then I admit it and learn from there.
YTcyberpunkFeatured By OwnerDec 21, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lying is never good.
BUT, hitting a person in the face is never good either; it is still justifiable, in some situations. Self-defense, for example.
I think there are times when lying is the lesser of two evils. For example, if you can't stand to be around someone, for reasons that are not their fault and that they can never change, I think it's better to make up a reason that will allow them to feel good about themselves, rather than tell them a truth that might drive them to depression.
Lying for the sake of taking advantage of others, now that is immoral. It's a low that I don't think I've ever sunk to, and never plan to.
SpacelanderRyoFeatured By OwnerDec 21, 2012Student General Artist
Lying is not immoral. The only people who condemn it are those in power that are too stupid to figure out lies and hope their followers will be even stupider. Because of their desire to control the masses, the beneficial idea that lying is immoral has been ingrained in culture.
Of course some actions like bearing false witness are immoral, but just telling an untruth is not in most cases.