ON LYING…..

Posted: January 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

.The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool. STEPHEN KING, Needful Things

A lie, is a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive, and some may argue that certain circumstances would justly permit a person to lie, based on the assumption that the lie will, in a particular case, be necessary in order to either maximize benefit or minimize harm. An example would be the mother lying to her drunken husband about the whereabouts of their daughter, when the daughters well being would certainly be in jeopardy if he was to find her, in this case, minimize harm.or a doctor telling a person they have a good chance of recovery from a devastating disease when in reality they have none. In these type of instances it may be immoral not to lie.
Utilitarians base their reasoning on the claim that actions, including lying, are morally acceptable when the resulting consequences maximize benefit or minimize harm.
A lie, therefore, is not always immoral; in fact, when lying
cleverly supports the son’s decision on the determination that the greater good is served (i.e., overall net benefit is achieved) by lying.

it works because some people are apt to believe it. Of course, that impression has more impact when journalists fail to challenge the lie.

the dark art of subtle distortion.

Lying to the public is as common as brushing on’es teeth

orScherer writes near the end that “until the voting public demands something else, not just from the politicians they oppose but also from the ones they support, there is little reason to suspect that will change.” But, as we’ve long argued, there are people who have more direct access to politicians, and who can challenge political lies. Those people are called journalists. And if they do not make politicians pay a price for lying, they’re not likely to stop anytime soon.

Clearly, lying is an issue worth examining, as many people believe it is a bigger problem today than it has ever been. A recent Time magazine cover story concluded, “Lies flourish in social uncertainty, when people no longer understand, or agree on, the rules governing their behavior toward one another.”

Many people believe that lying within global power systems is a bigger problem today than it has Ever been. Whether or not that is true or not is debateable. Lying has become as pervasive and ubicutous in political systems globally,Lying to the public is as common as brushing on’es teeth

Following the examples above, the son’s abuse of his mother’s faith in him and the doctor’s lie undermine the value of trust among all those who learn of the deceits.

As trust declines, cynicism spreads, and our overall quality of life drops. In addition, suggesting that people may lie in pursuit of the greater good can lead to a “slippery slope,” where the line between

The philosopher Immanuel Kant said that lying was always morally wrong. He argued that all persons are born with an “intrinsic worth” that he called human dignity.

This dignity derives from the fact that humans are uniquely rational agents, capable of freely making their own decisions, setting their own goals, and guiding their conduct by reason.

To be human, said Kant, is to have the rational power of free choice; to be ethical, he continued, is to respect that power in oneself and others.

Lies are morally wrong, then, for two reasons. First, lying corrupts the most important quality of my being human: my ability to make free, rational choices. Each lie I tell contradicts the part of me that gives me moral worth.

Second, my lies rob others of their freedom to choose rationally. When my lie leads people to decide other than they would had they known the truth, I have harmed their human dignity and autonomy. Kant believed that to value ourselves and others as ends instead of means, we have perfect duties (i.e., no exceptions) to avoid damaging, interfering with, or misusing the ability to make free decisions; in other words – no lying.

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