According To Allison Kornet's The Truth On Lying

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The Truth on Lying
Everyone in this nation is a liar, which means you are a liar too. According to i09, Americans lie at least once a day, and believe they get away with it most of the time. Unfortunately, BBC claimed in Ethical Guide: Lying, that “ Lying is probably one of the most common wrong acts that we carry out”, which means lying should not be committed, because there is nothing good coming out of it. But what exactly is lying? Lying is to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive (Merriam-Webster). Everyone has heard the story The Boy Who Cried Wolf as they grew up. Which was about a little boy who jokingly deceived everyone for help, but when he really needed help, no one believed him. As a result, a lesson was taught that lying
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Many people argue to believe that lying is one of the biggest sins, and that lying should be avoided for good. However According to Allison Kornet in The Truth About Lying, “Lying has long been a part of everyday life. We couldn 't get through the day without being deceptive”, meaning the average human heavily relies on lying to the point they can not function smoothly without them(Kornet). You may think that it’s impossible you rely on lying, because you may think you never lie. However, a researcher in the article came to conclude that everyone lies once or twice everyday. For instance, as Allison Kornet stated in The Truth About Lying, “ College students lie to their mothers in one out of two conversations", or such as " dating couples lie to each other in about a third of their interactions"(Kornet). Meaning lies are written all over our daily interactions, whether with our mother or lover. In addition, Alison Kornet claimed in The Truth About Lying, that “lies were told solely for the benefit of another person”, meaning lying is not used in a bad intention but for beneficial purposes(Kornet). But you’re thinking again, how can lying be beneficial in contributing to our everyday functioning? Let me demonstrate it for you. You’re running late to work, and you arrive there late. What do you do? You don’t admit you overslept. Why? As Allison Kornet demonstrated …show more content…
For one thing, BBC had written an article on explaining all the reasons why lying is bad. For the main part, BBC has stated in Ethical Guide: Lying,“Lies obviously hurt the person who is lied to (most of the time), but they can also hurt the liar, and society in general”, and they explain in-depth how each one of them can get hurt from lies (BBC). Of course, I admit that these claims about lying may be valid. How lying can end up hurting someone in the process, and is definitely wrong to hurt someone. Ultimately, they are claiming that the act of lying should not be committed, due to the bad consequences of hurting one another. However, what this argument does not take into account is the positive outlook. People who are in the belief that when lying is presented to them, they automatically think that lying is bad. But they never take in consideration as to why people may have lied. They automatically get hurt the moment they know they were told lies. Because they already have a mindset that lying is bad, and they associate bad feelings with lying. But, most of the time the intentions were good, as Sylvia Tippmann claimed in The Virtues Of Lying, “their intention is to protect, benefit or help others”, not as much for hurting, stopping, or destructing others(Tippmann). And I’m pretty sure many of us know we tell lies for the positive reasons, not the negative reasons. Anyhow, Russell C. Smith has also stated

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