Honesty. It’s the best policy. There’s few things more nerve-racking than having someone lie to you. I think being on the receiving end of a lie affects more emotions than one would think. It could make you angry, sad, confused, irate and even happy (more on that later). It’s a direct insult to ones intelligence. The only reason a person would fib to you, is if they think that you’re not witty enough to realize that it’s a lie.
People lie about all types of things. What really causes me to become annoyed are Volunteer Liars (VL). They are the people who lie when there is no real benefit for the lie. It’s just empty chatter.
Example: You’re talking to someone about the recent bad weather. The VL walks in the middle of the conversation, telling you about a horrible-record-setting-storm that his/her 3rd cousin (whom, by the way, happens to be a blind, one legged, obese woman that plays for the Detroit Pistons) survived back in 1970.
Okay, maybe I exaggerated a bit. But There’s no point in the lie, still the VL chose to eject it from their mouth anyway.
Okay… The famous “White Lie”.
For reasons we think are “right”, white lies are accepted amongst the general population. Probably because it’ll be more polite to lie during a certain situation, than to be honest. However, that all depends on who you’re dealing with. No matter what, “A lie is a lie, even if its white.”(watch the video below)
I do believe that things would be nicer if everyone told the truth, when they should tell the truth. I have no problem “pleading the Fifth”. Realize that pleading the Fifth leaves room for assumption.
#14 – Telling the truth & having the truth told to you, makes people seem honest and slightly nicer.