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temptation, who work faithfully, who give honest measure and seek no unfair advantage. But that business is
no brotherhood is an old story, and poor human nature finds itself forced by necessity and competition into
ways that are devious and not strictly honest. It's the system that is at fault, for men have formed a scheme of
creating and distributing values that severely tries and often weakens their ideals.
Truth in the sense of saying what is true and truth in the sense of getting at ultimate relations are two different
matters. The first kind of truth is the basis of social intercourse, the second kind the goal of philosophic
Speaking the truth invariably is not an easy matter and in the strictest sense is quite questionable as to value.
The white lie, so-called, the pleasant, assumed interest, the untruth intended to smooth social relations are
shock absorbers and are part of the courtesy technique.
In a more technical sense, the untruth told to obtain some advantage or to escape the disagreeable in one form
or another is held to be dishonorable, but is very widely practiced. People are enraged at being deceived if the
deception is the work of an outsider or one not liked; they are shocked if deceived, lied to, by one they love. CHAPTER XIII. 114 The lie stands as the symbol of weakness, but to be "taken in" has more than the material hurt the lie inflicts;
it wounds vanity and brings doubt and suspicion into social relations, all of which are very disagreeable. It is
held by ethical teachers to be worse to lie about faults than to have committed the faults, though this may be
modified to mean only the minor faults.
All judges and lawyers will testify that "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" is very seldom
told in court. Controversy is the enemy of truth, and when the fighting spirit is aroused, candor disappears.
Where any great interest is involved, where the opponent is seeking to dispossess or to evade payment, or
where legal punishment may b...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11