written in response to #FPQ. 2/9/19.
Do you believe that honesty is always the best policy? Is there is ever a time or circumstance when dishonesty (lying) is justifiable? Please elaborate.Fandango 28/8/19
There is never a time when lying is ok however we all do it to some degree or another; don’t we?
I have had this debate many times in the past when it comes to my method of child rearing choices. My family and friends thinking I’m mean and odd because I refuse to play along with the idea of a silly fat man coming down the chimney each year or a fairy that takes away kids teeth. don’t get me wrong, we still do Christmas presents and Easter eggs, I just don’t lie about where they come from.
I have never lied to my children about these such fairy tales and they have always known that it is mum who puts the gifts under the tree and pays you fifty pence for youre latest lost tooth.
Many assume that my children will grow up with a lack of imagination but this couldn’t be farther from the truth, especially with little man; he loves anything to do with dragons and wishes they were in fact real so he could own one.
My children haven’t suffered from a lack of imagination in the slightest and have a very well developed sense of fact and fiction, they still play games and make believe mums and dads; just like any normal children would at eight and five.
I have brought mine up to understand that lies are not ok in any sense or form but that lies that do no harm and have no malicious intent happen all the time and can sometimes be necessary. I hope that they will both continue to grow up to understand the finer nuances of white lies and true deceit and be able to differentiate appropriately.
For now, I’m just happy that they are happy and that I don’t have to lie to them all the time.
No there is never a time when lying is justifiable even though it is often acceptable to do so.