When is Lying OK? Rejecting All Lies: Immanuel Kant by Sissela Bok

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Lying is an issue that has been debated on for a long time. Some people believe that lying is sometimes ok in certain circumstances. Some people believe lying is always acceptable. In contrast, some believe lying is always bad. Keeping all other’s opinions in mind, I believe that lying is a deficient way of solving problems and is a bad thing. I claim that only certain situations allow the usage of lies and that otherwise, lying is bad. Dishonesty is bad because it makes it harder to serve justice, harms the liar individually, and messes up records. Furthermore, it should only be said to protect someone from grave danger.

The article “Rejecting All Lies: Immanuel Kant by Sissela Bok also presents the same argument. Sissela Bok
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Lastly, records are messed up when people lie. The article “It’s the Truth: Americans Conflicted About Lying” published on NBCNEWS.COM presents the proof. “In the AP-Ipsos poll, for example, four in 10 people answered that they'd never had to lie or cheat. But one in 10 of THOSE people said in the very next answer that yes, they might have told a lie in the past week.” This quote from the article tells us that people lived in a survey. If they had lied on other questions, the poll survey is basically messed up. When the results are false, the records that someone may want to view will provide the viewer with false information. Lying is messing up records and if people are lying on official important documents such as the census, false information may be noted. In the future, when there is a document that is needed for someone to achieve a certain goal, false information be not be helpful. An example is that if one has to present a legal document to prove a point in a court and the court’s decision depends on that document, false information may not lead to a fair ruling. Therefore, all of these reasons prove that lying is bad and should be avoided.

Though lying is not OK, there are some situations where lying is needed. I respect

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