lyinganddeception - Heather Fackelman 20th Century...

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Heather Fackelman November 29, 2007 20 th Century Civilizations Professor Garrett The Nature of Deceit Lying, secrecy and deception are inevitable parts of life in general; we all lie and keep secrets. We have all deceived someone in some way at some time. Because our government is in the hands of humans, they are guilty of these same deceitful acts. These concepts seem unavoidable in politics and government, and they are to be expected in incidents such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the bombing of Hiroshima from all parties involved. Lying, secrecy, and deception are unfortunately necessary sometimes in order for a government or a government official to maintain order and security. The issue changes with respect to an author and his or her book. In Hersey’s Hiroshima , it is important to know that the information presented is in fact valid, because the reader’s understanding of the course of events depends on that information. It is absolutely the writer’s responsibility to relay to his or her readers the truth, and the entire truth of that about which he or she is writing. These devious parts of human nature play different roles in different situations. Secrecy was crucial for John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Though it is true that the president has a moral responsibility to share with his country the decisions he is making for it, there is only so much information that can be publicized before it wreaks havoc on the nation. There is much information involved in foreign and domestic affairs that would not even concern the general public, and most
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of the general population would likely not comprehend that information anyway. In this specific situation, concealment was more a tool for preventing chaos rather than a means of deception.
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