A Honest Answer

@artistry (4154)
United States
September 18, 2009 9:00pm CST
If you posed a question to a person and asked them, "Do you lie?" and they said yes, would you count that person as honest or dishonest? Why in either case?
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12 responses
• Philippines
19 Sep 09
that would surely be an honest answer. sometimes, it is hard for people to admit errors and mistakes in life. it is hard to admit ur weaknesses and faults to other people for fear of ridicule or any negative judgment/impression from people. he dared to accept possible negative judgment, he should be saying it with honesty.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Sep 09
...Hi moneymakingtoday, this is a deep one for me to a degree. If he said no, and you know they lie, then they are dishonest, but if he says yes, he is being honest about what he does, but is that portraying the depth of his character toward being honest overall? Again, I am confusing myself, and it's late Friday night. Take care. p.s. Like the name. Know any good sites for writing short stories, e-mail me at murph172@verizon.net Thanks.
• Philippines
19 Sep 09
hi artistry, i would also like to know other ways to earn online but with the two sites that i am in and with so little time, i just hope to squeeze time into a more "lucrative" (lol) stie. i am only into mylot and trekpay. my day work eats most of my time. hope to exchange info on more sites, mine is taga_mambaling@yahoo.com. will add u now in my contact list. thanks.
• Philippines
19 Sep 09
oopps, that should read as "site" and not "stie". my apologies.
@buggles64 (2715)
• United States
19 Sep 09
They are an honest person..I have lied...Have you heard of the little white lie? Someone comes up to you and asks, "How do you like my new hairstyle?" You don't want the person to feel bad, so you say it looks good! Or...your girlfriend cooks you a meal, and spends all afternoon cooking the meal...are you going to be honest and say "man this is nasty!" Or are you going to be appreciative and say "thanks for cooking me such a nice meal and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do something so nice for me?" We want our family members, friends and co workers to feel appreciated, that we love and care for them...and a little white lie isn't going to hurt especially if it will spare their feelings. Now in the case of stealing or doing intentional harm to someone and they lie about it, then that's a bold faced lie...and you would be considered a 'liar.' It's like at school when kids are tattling on each other..most teachers will say I don't want to know about something unless someone is getting hurt or it's going to hurt someone else. There's a right time to tattle and there's just tattling to get someone else in trouble..which is not right.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Sep 09
...Hi biggle64, Thanks for your response. All good points, that's an every day occurrence, not wanting to make someone feel bad. So we shade the truth. I do think though, sorry to say that some people have a bone that just makes them lie for the sake of lying. I had a cousin like that, I could not trust what she would say to me because she was a natural liar, nicest person, do anything for you, but would lie daily, strange. Take care.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
19 Sep 09
hi artistry, Do you lie? well everyone knows that everyone in this world has lied at one point of another in his or her life. It may be a big lie or a harmless lie. May be to make fun of someone or get something out of someone or get out of some unpleasant situation. So if you ask a person do you lie and if he says yes then i would not count him as honest or dishonest person but i would count him as a smart person because he knows even if he say no, no one is going to believe him so why not answer in positive which wont effect his status because everyone lies some time or another.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Sep 09
...Hi grim94, thanks for commenting. You make a good point, why not say yes I lie. Thanks. Thought provoking. Take care.
• United States
19 Sep 09
Well thats quite of a situation there. i would count them as honest because they can admit to themselves and everyone else that they do lie. I think that this would cancel out the lying already done. Its kind of like AA with the whole admitting that you are a drinker except with lying
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Sep 09
...Hi, thanks for your response. You are correct, the person answered in the affirmative, so they were honest. But it seems that they are being honest about not being able to be honest. Now I have confused myself. Have a good one. :o)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Hi there artistry, How are you tonight? It is also getting kind of late where I live, even though I have become way more of a night owl than I should be and am also trying to set my body clock back so I can go to bed earlier and get up and on with it earlier in the day since here in the US our daylight becomes shorter and way more precious this time of year. Guess you probably know what I mean? *smile*... Anyway though, you posed a most interesting question so thought I'd take a moment or two to try to respond. If a person said yes, they DO lie... then I would definitely be inclined to consider them as being honest since they were being honest about lying or not. Some folks who are true liars at heart, would most probably just say no in the first place! Even if they have and DO lie about whatever situations and such, no matter what reasons they had/have for being dishonest at the time. Somehow I feel though, that there are many different reasons why "some" folks don't tell the whole truth. Some accepted or not "clauses", such as "A little white lie" which doesn't always make lying a crime... except in the case of a misdoing to others. I feel that no one should ever lie to anyone in order to hurt or harm them, but if a person does tell a little white lie to somehow protect others, then that shouldn't or considered too bad of a bad thing! P.S. By the way, saw a comment of yours to another poster in this thread of yours where you said you like their nic here @ the lot, then you posted your e-mail addy @ verizon. Just gotta comment cuz of your mail name Murph. Want to add that while I did already find this topic you started interesting, I also partly became intrigued, since I once had/knew a friend in college who went by the nickname quite a few years ago. Take care, firefox333
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Sep 09
...Hi, firefox333 Thanks for taking the tie to post such an interesting response. It is 3 a.m here, so I must come back and read it again to give it justice. The end of your message stood out. I am sure I am not that person, but I left you an invite, if you have an interest. Take care and thanks again.
• United States
19 Sep 09
Hey, thanks for your comment. It's also after 3 am here, and I am soon on my way to bed. Just happened to see your reply in my yahoo mail, so thought I'd briefly get back to you. Appreciate your comment. *s* More later, but for now take care and may you sleep sweet, cuz you're probably in the same time zone as am I, and it really is late for most of us. G'nite... firefox333
• United States
22 Sep 09
Oh WOW, artistry... To sort of quote the infamous and legendary Elvis... "Thank YOU very much!!" What a cool and unexpected surprise to have been given a BR (best response) by you for my reply to the thought provoking discussion you started. It might have been your first one too, but not sure. By the way, welcome to myLot, if I haven't already posted that to you before! Anyway, thanks again and take care. firefox333
@abanerji (1026)
• India
19 Sep 09
if a person say that he lies then the person is not dishonest but you can trust the person for being honest. the one who say that he never lies speaks the biggest of the lies. i don't think there is any human who has never concealed any truth. we all tell lies. sometimes to take leave from office or sometimes to save a friend from punishment or for many such small and big reasons we present false statements.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Sep 09
...Hi there abanerji, Thanks for your observation. You make good points, to tell the truth all the time I do believe would be very hard. There is usually no intention to harm when we speak, but sometimes the whole truth fades a bit with all humans. Take care always.
@prinzcy (5057)
• Malaysia
19 Sep 09
I will answer any question depending on the situation and answer that I have. I will give an honest answer but I will lie if I need to do that. I am not a saint. You can judge a person honest or dishonest depending on the lies. Sometimes we need to lie to protect someone. Sometimes lie is the best solution. Not all lies have bad intention.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Sep 09
...Hi prinzcy, thanks for commenting. You present an interesting take on the question. In cases of national security this certainly happens, so not all things are black or white. Take care.
@coolcat123 (4392)
• India
19 Sep 09
I would consider the person to be honest depending upon situation and times.So its not a bad deed for me as if one says a lie to his boss then it is his problem but if a person lies to his wife then it is not good. So,i admire the position of telling a lie and in what instances he did.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Sep 09
...Hi coolcat123, thanks for your attention. Well I guess what you are saying is that there are degrees of lies, and nit all lies are equal or should be judged in the same light. I think I somewhat agree with you. Take care.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
23 Sep 09
Artistry In all of your comments on here and in other discussions you pose discreet links to other sites....it is against the rules. I'm not going to report it but if you really want to be here then you should like ...stop. If me of all people picked up on it then you can bet someone else will.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
23 Sep 09
Ok how cool can you get....your key words are even in MY responses. They are just all over.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
27 Sep 09
...Hi sid556, I have no idea what you are talking about. Mylot site has taken to underlining words in what ever comments they chose to highlight. I answer the questions based on my thoughts and that is all and have nothing to do with those highlights. What ever it is you think I am doing, you are sadly mistaken and I wish you would contact management here and get an understanding of what it is you are confused about and accusing me of. Please get a grip! Thank you.
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@sid556 (31003)
• United States
28 Sep 09
Hi. Please accept my sincere appology. This was the first that I saw of it and I began looking at your discussions. It was very shortly after posting this and wrongly accusing you that I saw the same thing in all other discussions. I even posted a discussion on it and I felt so bad about the way I accused you. I could not even remember your name or what discussion I came upon it in. I am so glad you came forth so I can offer my appologies in person. Please forgive me.I jumped to conclusions and I was very wrong.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
23 Sep 09
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
26 Sep 09
Hi sid mate. What ARE you going on about here?
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
27 Sep 09
Hi ms Tickle,Oh again this happens. They keep deleting all my posts and showing only the underlined words since this new improved mylot took place. This is the second time this has happened to my discussions. I think I'm going to have to contact them about it. I have no idea what I originally wrote. let me know if this all shows to you.
• United States
19 Sep 09
Yeah right...........Like I would believe them after they told me they lie.DUH
@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Sep 09
...Hi itsmychoice, Now that another take, but they are telling you that they lie, only to answer the question, not to convince you of something. The only message that gives me from their answer is beware in the future when you listen to them, then your observation comes into play, I believe, only a thought. Take care. Thanks for your comment.
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
26 Sep 09
Everyone lies, it's a human failing. It's the degree that matters. Some people lie because they are embarrassed or ashamed to admit the truth, I've done this myself many times. I can understand this and be forgiving. Anyone who says they don't lie is a liar and I have no time for them. Black faced liars lie about anything and cause sadness, mistrust and heartache to those whose lives are mingled with theirs. As to your question is a person who admits they are a liar honest or dishonest...in this instance they are giving an honest answer but they are still dishonest, just as we all are following those lies we tell that we judge are necessary so as not to unnecessarily hurt either ourselves or others.