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Is it always essential to tell the truth, or are there circumstances to lie?


ndwy 1 / 1  
Jun 27, 2010   #1
Prompt:
"A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation."
C.E.Ayers

Assignment:
Is it always essential to tell the truth, or are there circumstances in which it is better to lie? Plan your response, and then write an essay...

Lois McMaster Bujold once said, "If the truth doesn't save us, what does that say about us?" This quotation tells that to tell the truth is considered a good thing, but not essential; and if the truth doesn't help people to achieve, then maybe it is a circumstance in which it is better to lie.

This is one situation, which is better to tell a lie than a truth. One day, your co-worker wears a new dress from her husband as an anniversary gift. The dress is pretty by itself, but it does not suit her; she wants your opinion on this dress. Obviously, you cannot tell her the truth that this dress does not look well on her because then she might be downcast and blames it on her husband; therefore you have to tell her a lie, which will not hurt her feeling. Telling lies are not just for better personal feelings but also for a better world.

There is a movie which is talking about a father and a son during a civil war. The son is only about five years old. The father does not want his son to be scared then screams to get the enemy's attention, so he lies to his son. He says that this is a game which you have to be quiet and hide from the enemy. He also tells his son not move until he comes back. So then, the son listens to his father, he doesn't move nor talk. As time passes by, the war is over. The father comes back and finds his son asleep with a smile; he is then content and relieved.

To tell the co-worker and the son about something nice is better than to let them face the cruel realities. The lesson behind the two examples is that even though lying should not be permitted, but it is not essential for people to tell the truth in circumstances which lying can make things better.
Sinclair 1 / 2  
Jun 27, 2010   #2
This quotation tells meansthat to tell the truth is considered as a good thing, but not essential; and if the truth doesn't help people to achieve, then maybe it is a circumstance in which it is better to lie. --> the whole sentence seems so long, you might divide it into 2 different sentences.

This is one situation, which is better to tell a lie than a truth. --> Sometimes, it is better to tell a lie. For example/instance ....

In my opinions, I think the sentences in your essay are little bit too long and not really follow the organization of whole paragraph and the topic.
OP ndwy 1 / 1  
Jun 28, 2010   #3
You are right, I always write run-on sentences in my essays.
Well... I will be more careful next time.
Thank you Dang =)
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Jun 29, 2010   #4
Here is one situation in which it is better to tell a lie than a truth.

...just for better personal feelings but also for a better world.--- you wrote this paragraph very well. I think that is called a "little white lie."

I can think of a better example, though. When someone wants to harm you, a lie can help you to protect yourself!

The father does not want his son to be scared then screams to get the enemy's attention, so he lies to his son. ---- I like this example very much, but this particular sentence does not make sense. the father does not want the son to be scared when the screams are heard, so he lies to his...

I like the way you think, because it validates me. I lie sometimes, too! The truth is, lying can sometimes express truth better than truth can, because people misinterpret truth. If you know how someone will misinterpret, you can lie to compensate! :-)
Lauratwilight 6 / 10 1  
Jul 4, 2010   #5
Good job.
However you can still give some more convincing examples which concerns with history, some far-reaching celebrities or famous writers.
P.S I really like your second example, but I still think you should give more details about it in order to make your essay more specific and full.

Cause as a SAT essay , you should basically write enough words.


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