is honesty always the best policy

United States
December 4, 2009 12:34am CST
I know we say that honesty is best, but is it really the best If someone is really sick and might die should we tell them that or should we just lie and say everything will be okay? And what about their family should the doctors tell their famiy they will be okay. My nextdoor nbeightbor was not told his wife could die. Does that sound fair?
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5 responses
• United States
5 Dec 09
Yeah, I wonder about that too. It's like, in certain cases where it could affect a person a lot, you don't really know if you should take the risk, yet you still feel like they have a right to know 'cause it affects them directly. In your example, I feel like it's best to be honest with the person because you don't want to keep it a huge secret. They have a right to know. I think the doctors definitely should tell the family the truth. Maybe not so bluntly but definitely the truth. If the doctors didn't tell your neighbor that his wife could possibly die, that is definitely not fair in my eyes. They should've at the very least hinted to the possiblity.
• United States
4 Dec 09
I think honestly is the best policy always. I know it's hard to accept sometimes, been there done that but i'd rather people be honest w/me than lie to me. I hate to belied to about anything, no matter how small or how big.
@Sir_bobby88 (8231)
• Singapore
4 Dec 09
Well sometimes honesty might not be the best policy , because sometime if you could lie to save someone life , it is worth to lie isn't it .
• India
4 Dec 09
Honesty is not at all the best policy in life.
• Philippines
4 Dec 09
of course most of the times and someone who commit lies confess and repent it is better than to keep silent. Well, in your case the person have the right to know even it hurt and this one way for him to know to be with her loved ones at the last day of his life than to lie.