Deceiving Is Believing Essay

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Deceiving is Believing
You come through the door to find a look in your friend's eyes, the truth is out. All this time, all those lies; all of it just to make sure that they would not find out, all so they would not develop that shameful look in their eyes. As you walk further into the room, you realize that there was no way to reverse all that has happened, knowing that there was no way to change the one fact that remained, the fact that you lied. Everybody lies, all the time, whether it is rooted from good or bad intentions. It causes problems, to say the least. The average person tells four lies a day, or 1,460 a year for a total of 88,000 by the age of 60, and the most common is: "I'm fine." So why do people lie? It all comes down to the phases of one's self and trying to look good both to ourselves and others. Regardless of how one looks at it, bald-faced lies are detrimental, as they deteriorate the trust and intimacy of one's self and others the glue that forms society. Whether it is a white lie, a superficial lie, or a big lie, it will affect one's self and those around them.
How does lying affect the intimacy of a relationship? Lying is by far one of the most delicate and damaging behaviors possible in a committed, cherished relationship. Some say that intimate relationships are based upon love, charm, or need, but trust is the foundation in any affectionate relationship. What is the ideal way to destroy trust? Tell lies. An example comes from the tale of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” The moral of the story, in essence, is that someone who lies not seldom forfeits trust. The fable ends with the deceiver being eaten up by the same wolf whose presence he had lied about. There are different forms and integrities of lying. Some are worse than others, but at the ultimately, they are all bad; after all, being disceptive with the one you does more harm than good. There is a saying that says "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". In a form of altruism, it is a moral code which definitely holds true. However, in practice, it can prove to be difficult and instead create dismay. A woman, who undoubtedly gained a substantial amount of weight, asks her husband if she looked fat wearing her old beloved dress. Not wanting to hurt her feelings, the husband tells her that she looks great, initially having no care in her physical appearance, he is the husband after all. Feeling confident with the support of her husband, she wears that dress to party where she is ultimately ridiculed by her peers. The husbands intentions were indefinitely that of benevolence, but such an act caused more harm than good. Pursuing this further, a girlfriend can tell her newly beloved boyfriend, in the interest of impressing him, that she was a talented violinist, realistically being only able to play at a beginner level. It is just a small lie, after all, and seemingly can not do much harm. Coincidentally, at a social gathering, her boyfriend and...

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