An act of deception?

February 19, 2007 7:53pm CST
"I believe that honesty is the best policy. I just don't practice it." - Liam Is hiding something considered an act of deceiving? Say, you tell a story, and everything you say about it is true, but you leave out some details. And you know that the one you tell it to will make assumptions. Assumptions that you know will be incorrect. And you just let it be because the reason you're not telling is because you just can't. Are you in effect lying even without telling a lie? Are you being untrue for not telling the whole truth? Can you be condemned of performing an act of deception? This was originally posted on my blog. :)
2 responses
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
30 Oct 12
It is well said that honest is the best policy, but there are times we don't have to totally tell the truth, especially in some case where the listener might get hurt if truth is revealed. So it can also be considered to be some kind of protection to the listener that related to the very thing. I mean, "deception" is relative, not absolute. Have a good day, silentwill.
• Philippines
31 Oct 12
I still remember about this and it was definitely to protect someone so I learned to feel guilty about not telling the whole story.
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
20 Feb 07
If you tell someone part of the truth, and let them assume the rest, and let them believe it, then yes, it is deception. I can't say it is strictly lying, because you didn't tell an untruth, just not the whole truth. It would have been better not to say anything at all.
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
You're probably right, perhaps I should've just shut up. I wondered about that, too.