Are lies acceptable if they have ‘righteous purpose?’


When is a lie a lie?

How important is truth? Our courts demand it. Marriages depend on it. Business requires it… well maybe when repeat sales are desired.

Lies come in colors. There are “little white lies.” Some are covered with hair while others are “bald-faced.”

Then, too, lies have permission levels and size limits. I’m told that when someone allows him or herself to lie about small things, the permission level is easily fudged to allow “bigger lies” leading to psychotic levels.

Psychologists say that frequent lying becomes a psychosis preventing the liar from knowing what is and isn’t true.

Jim Carry’s 1997 movie “Liar Liar” was an interesting but all too true study of the subject.

Religions preach endlessly against lying… until the liar at least pretends to be one of them.

Are lies OK if they have a “righteous purpose” like when being asked about someone’s “obtuse appearance”… or protecting a spouse from humiliation after an extra marital affair?

How about political lies? Just this week Rudy Giuliani argued that lies are no big deal because (according to him) everybody does it.

A study on the “fudge factor” was the 1967 movie “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

It seems to be the script being followed at the national level these days.

The movie was supposed to be funny, making lies one big joke. Clearly Rudy Giuliani thinks so.

He was grinning from ear to ear when he excused President Trump’s truth dalliances as being normal and excusable.

How do we know what’s OK, or when dangerously psychotic levels are reached?

Al and Barbara Williams

Oak Harbor

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