Under what circumstances should people be allowed to lie? Is Annemarie's situation dire enough? Shmoop amongst yourselves.
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Lies and Deceit
War and Warfare
doesn’t always tell the truth. But, c’mon, cut her some slack.
Annemarie was dealing with matters of life or death.
So is that it? Should you be given a green light to lie if you have a really, really
good reason? Or is it more important to tell the truth,
no matter what? Well, some people would say that honesty is
non-negotiable . . . . . . that trying to justify a lie for any
reason opens up a complicated can of worms. As Mark Twain said, “If you tell the truth,
you don’t have anything to remember.” Others would say that telling a fib once in
a while is totally acceptable . . . . . . especially when it avoids hurt feelings
. . . . . . or gets you out of a jam.
Then there are the guys who think it’s okay to lie wherever and whenever you please . . .
. . . the compulsive liars who wouldn’t know the truth if it bit them in the . . . well,
you know. So whom should you believe?
We have to admit, it’s a tough one. If our leaders lie . . .
. . . and our heroes lie . . . . . . doesn’t that give us the go-ahead
to bend the truth, too? Not necessarily.
So, how do you know if or when it’s okay to fudge the facts?
Since most of us will never have to face anything close to what Annemarie experienced . . .
. . . our choices should be easier. We can value the truth above all else . . .
. . . or come to the conclusion that honesty is highly over-rated.
But we might have to take it case by case… and take our cues from this guy.
Shmoop amongst yourselves.