Lies and Deception.
Deception is a means by which one is misled or made to believe something which is not true. Lying is one form of deception used to influence or control another person’s thoughts. Different people have different perceptions when it comes to lying. Some people prefer to be told the plain truth while others do not care whether they are lied to or not. Naturally, people lie all the time (Catherine, 2003). Lies are told anywhere and about anything and at any age. For example, politicians lie and give false promises in order to be elected, scientists oftenly write about things which are untrue, many spouses lie to their partners about having outside marriage affairs, employees lie to their bosses by maybe feigning a sickness when they don’t feel like working, parents lie to their children on matters which they feel are not worth telling them and so forth.
It is evident that people lie for different reasons. For instance, when a five year old child asks his mother to explain to him how children are born, it is quite uncomfortable for the parent to explain the whole process because even if she did, probably the child would never understand or it would raise unnecessary curiosity for the him thus instead, the parent just decides to say something like “children are bought from the hospital”.
Some people lie for fear of victimization, to impress others, to conceal identity, seek approval,avoid getting into trouble while some just lie for fun. The implications of lies may be adverse although some people argue that not all lies are harmful while others claim that at times, “truth hurts”. For example, people lie to their friends that they look good in clothes which they know very well that they look bad in order to avoid hurting their feelings, doctors at times fail to tell the truth to their patients who are suffering from chronic diseases like cancer to avoid scaring them and worsening their conditions and so on. However, this does not at all imply that lying is acceptable. There are many negative impacts of lying especially considering the fact that one lie oftenly leads to another. Lying may lead to loss of dignity, money, expulsion from school, quarrels and so forth. In conclusion, lying is not right and the only way to avoid it is by telling the truth no matter the circumstances.
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Catherine, C. (2003). The face of Deception. U.S: Penguin Group.