Departing the Vacuousness
Started by billy rubin, January 26, 2021, 11:15:37 PM
Quote from: xSilverPhinx on January 27, 2021, 12:34:10 AMIf you don't mind me asking, what were the two lies you told? Did they shape your belief that all lies dehumanise their victims or did you already hold that conviction?
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on January 27, 2021, 02:17:03 PMThere is a utilitarian consideration here, as well as a deontological one. Yes, honesty is generally the best policy. But there are utilitarian, consequentialist exceptions. A captured soldier lies to his torturers about the location of his unit. A person hiding a persecuted minority family lies to the oppressors about the presence of his guests. Here the benefit of lying may far outweigh the pluses of telling the truth. So, I try to live by the general rule of duty, but make room for exceptions in exceptional situations.
Quote from: Randy on January 27, 2021, 03:01:25 PMHere's another lie to consider: Telling a ten year-old girl on her deathbed when she asks, "Will I go to Heaven?" My reply would be, "Of course you will."