According to Merriam-Webster, a white lie is “a lie about a small or unimportant matter that someone tells to avoid hurting another person”.
But the biggest problem with white lies is that we often need to create more and more lies to cover the tracks of our original lies.
Here are three examples when you should tell the truth and avoid the temptation to lie.
- Someone in your office asks you out for a date and you don’t want to hurt his feelings so you gave an excuse by saying you have other plans. This may seem a small lie to prevent hurting your co-worker’s feelings and you may think it’s best to lie for workplace harmony. However, the way we responded to someone’s proposal opens the door for being asked out again. Rather it is best to be honest to avoid having to lie again and again. So instead of giving an excuse you could explain that you don’t think of the co-worker in a romantic way but just want to be friends.
- You want to break up with your boyfriend but don’t want to hurt his feelings. Staying in the relationship may cause more harm than breaking it off as soon as you feel there is nothing left in this relationship or you have met someone else or your feelings for your partner have changed. Instead of being in this relationship and lying everyday it’s best to be honest even though it might hurt their feelings.
iii. You have recently begun a new job and your manager clarifies the responsibilities. You don’t completely understand everything in detail and you’re confused. When asked on the off chance that you have any inquiries, you state ‘no’ in light of the fact that you would prefer not to make an awful impact on the first day. On the off chance that you are confused, at that point you will wreck your work, so state something like “I simply need to be certain I got everything.” Then pose your particular question.
Let’s face it. There are times when an innocent embellishment is by all accounts the least offensive. Also, we do this regularly.
You’re on a call with a general who continues endlessly. You would prefer not to offend him however can’t stand it anymore. Do you get off the telephone or state something like “I need to go now?”
The regular thing in every one of these circumstances is to try not to hurt someone else. It very well may be said for each situation that you are being humane towards someone else. Their feelings are being respected.
The key is to remember, not to tell a lie to avoid personal responsibility. If your boss asks if you have completed an important project at the end of the day but you haven’t, don’t lie in this case. Rather explain why it is taking longer. There may be good reasons. Accepting the consequences of our actions, and not telling a lie to cover them up, is a matter of integrity that we all must possess so that we do not lose the respect or trust that we have in our workplace.
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Mark K. Stafford is an American English writer. He was born in Los Angeles and earned a BA from the University of California. He is a passionate author who wrote on Essays, Poetry, and Journalism. Now he writes full-time books and articles for TheWordyBoy.