If we are Pinocchio, then we’ll know right away if we lied or not. But we are not Pinocchio! Therefore, I say that we must be more aware of the things that comes out from our mouth because we may blurt an unintentional or intentional lie. That is an offense against truth and a violation against the ten commandments, remember? Why don’t we start this activity by familiarizing what the forms of lying are? I know it’s kinda weird to look for the form of the lying that you just did, but I guess, it’s good for us to be aware. Honestly, during the first time I read this part in the book, Phoenix Christian Life Education, there are things here that I thought were not lies. Discover for yourself. But before that, please excuse my photo above. I was trying to have a long nose using Paint because Photoshop is not in my vocabulary.
1. White Lies
White Lies aren’t those things crawling on your head. Sure they are not! First of all, they are not white and secondly, it is not spelled as “lice”! Kidding aside, those are lies told by intentionally giving incomplete statements to hide the whole truth.
According to the dictionary, boasting is giving a statement in which one express too much pride in himself or in something he have, have done, or are connected to in some way. I lost words on how to define it. Thanks, Merriam-Webster, for the help!
Those guys who uses simple flattery for girls must read this! Exaggeration or simple flattery is a statement that overemphasize one’s qualities or actions to gain favor with others. It makes us blush at times but it is still under lying.
4. Escape from Something
There’s no a specific term for this form, but the Filipinos call it “palusot”, which are lies told to get away from something because of fear. I don’t know if I should be happy or sad because they turn these into jokes which are the norm nowadays.
5. Save Face
The names says it all. It is a lie told save face. Oh! That sounds crazy. So for formality, it is defined as a lie told to preserve one’s supposed good image before others or to avoid possible consequences. That sounds better!
6. Careless Lying
Careless lying are lies told that are unverified wherein the liar distorts situations within the community. For all I know, this may lead to a more serious lie, which is called gossiping. The other serious lies are listed on my blog post, Offenses Against Truth.
When a lie is told to me or to my friends or to somebody I know, the case always includes malice. Sometimes, we became the victim. I wonder why. Is it really easy for people to tell a lie just to harm others, as what malice is all about?
8. Lies of Propaganda
Lies of propaganda are lies told to profit from something as in advertisements which intentionally deceive just to sell their products. I admit, I’m selling Nworld products but I assure you that they are safe and effective. So still, I’m not committing this form of lie.
Do you think that you can escape from lying by telling only some part of the truth? As what my Christian Life Book explains it, you can not. Telling half-truths which may be twisted or slanted will always be a complete lie. Understood?
How about keeping quiet to avoid trouble or to support something known to be wrong rather than telling a complete or a half lie? Do you guess that you can escape from lying now? Well, no matter how much lie is told, if it’s a lie, it is a lie so this is still a lie.
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