Essay Is Lies Can Ever Assist Others?

2243 Words Dec 13th, 2016 9 Pages
the recent discussions of the intentions of lies, an issue has arisen about the selfishness of lies. On one hand, some argue that lies which are created with the feelings of others in mind are never selfish. On the other hand, others argue that all lies are based on selfish needs. They claim that every lie, no matter how small, is created from the selfish nature of people that want to better themselves. In short, the issue is whether lies can ever assist others.
My own view is that there is no such thing as a lie that does not hurt others. Although I concede that there are lies that are intended to help others, such as white lies, I still maintain that even these lies are selfish as they contribute to hurting the recipients in addition to promoting the speaker.
The lie of omission on the surface looks to be innocent of all selfish intent but in actuality, this lie hurts most of all. R L Stevenson once said, "The cruelest lies are often told in silence." Here, Stevenson says that the lies do not all have to come in the form of talking and omission can be just as much a lie as telling other people false things. In fact, Stevenson says that these lies, which are made through omission, are more painful and cruel than the lies that come clean. Taking these ideas into account, I would say that as all lies are intended to further one 's personal gain, because of the cruel results of the lie of omission, it is in fact very selfish. The lie of omission is often used to leave out…

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