Dr. Daniel McPherson
English II (H)
25 August 2013
There are some circumstances in which stretching the truth is needed to preserve feelings, or to protect one’s self. Nobody enjoys being lied to, but that doesn’t stop us from repetitively doing it over and over in situations we find relevant. Telling the truth is morally right, but is it always essential?
Say for instance a woman is home alone with her two children. She sees a strange car coming down the road and tells her kids to hide. A man with a gun breaks into the house and asks her if she’s home alone. The woman could tell the truth, and say that her to children are home with her, which would just make matters worse. Or the woman could lie and say she was home alone to protect her children. In this case, if the woman lied it wouldn’t be a bad thing. A mother will do anything to protect her children, even if it means they have to tell a little “white lie”.
Family’s normally look out for each other. My grandmother had lung cancer, and the doctor told us that she was going to die. Grandma was never one to preserver, once she failed at something once she gave up, completely. The doctor left it up to us to decide to tell her or not. If we told her, there was a good possibility she would give up, and we’d basically lose her right then. If we didn’t tell her, we might actually get to hear her talk, and laugh a couple times before she passed away. We chose to not tell her. Now I don’t know if we made the right choice or not, but we got go see her, and talk to her every day until the day she died. And so what if we lied, it was to help our family be together a little longer.