“A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation.” – C. E. Ayers

Assignment: Is it always essential to tell the truth, or are there circumstances in which it is better to lie? Plan your response, and then write an essay.

This world, with everything on it, is in a constant state of dualism. Moral dualism represents the conflict between two aspects of one’s personality: benevolent and malevolent. Truth and lies, as parts of our existence, are two opposites that can hardly reach harmony.

Depending on one’s perception, truth distorted by “white lies” is acceptable as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Lies are part of our everyday life. We are constantly subjected to “altered truth” when we watch commercials, movies, and even news. Every human being has told a lie and endured lies. Although it is our moral responsibility to remain sincere, some situations prevent us from telling the absolute truth.

Due to the fact that everyone perceives the world through his own lenses, truth can mean different things to different people. Both truth and lies are subjective; there is no objective truth that would cause the same feelings with all people. People can be very tolerant to lies, but their ego becomes fragile when they hear a fact they didn’t want to face.

Thus, we tend to adapt our attitude towards someone, depending on the effects the truth would cause. There are truths that must be told, but there are also things that are better left unsaid. We decide whether we remain truthful, alter the facts with white lies, or tell a complete lie that would seem appropriate in the situation.

Although telling a lie is acceptable when we don’t want to hurt someone with the truth, we should never allow ourselves to accept lies as a style of life. Only honesty can bring people together and create lasting connections based on love and trust. There is a thin line between insincerity and deception.

The thing that causes people to tell lies is usually a selfish purpose. We are not trying to protect someone from being hurt when we tell lies; we are essentially concerned about our own comfort. No matter how much we try to justify “little inaccuracies”, the essence of truth remains the same: it is the only right thing to do.

Only if we stop using lies to protect ourselves from the consequences of the truth, we will understand our purpose. Every individual makes important contributions to the cosmopolitan events. When we realize that responsibility, lies will no longer seem natural. No matter how much we try to repress, bypass, distort, hide, and neglect truth, it will never seize to exist. There is a marvelous cosmic law that makes no compromise: the truth always remains a silent witness in reality.

The truth is purity and virtue. Lies cause discomfort, which is followed by larger plots that tangle more with time. One lie raises another one, leading into a vicious circle with no way out. The truth is the only way to preserve our moral purity and prevent crises of identity. It is never better to lie. Truth cannot be an option; it is an essential necessity because all paths of life lead towards it.

Read new assignment prompt “A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Alexander Pope

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