We’re All Liars?
Well, that’s what this article suggests. The gig is up — no one is honest! My favorite quote from the piece: “In the abstract, it’s very easy to say, ‘Oh, we value honesty, and you should never lie,'” says DePaulo. But “sometimes in our real lives, our valuing of honesty clashes with something else we also value, like wanting to be gracious or kind or compassionate.” Of course it’s easy to think that in ‘the real world’ honesty can clash with such virtues. But does it, really? Or is it that in the ‘real world’ we just like to make our lives easier by saying that it does? Is, in the famous example, telling a person “no, you don’t look fat in that dress” really demanded by compassion?