Telling a lie

Question of Day July 6, 2012 ~ Telling A Lie Rather Than Telling The Truth

Is there ever an occassion where telling a lie rather than telling the truth is acceptable?

Who knows what is truth and what is lie?

It seems to me, that the more I know, the more I know I don’t know, and the less confident I become about many of the things I once accepted as total truth.

I am now at the stage of not knowing what is truth.
I have certain ideas, certain hunches, certain lines of thought supported by certain arguments, and all of them involve uncertainties.

So who here has enough hubris to be absolutely certain that they haven’t lied, when they thought they were speaking truth, and perhaps even vice versa.

What class of action is it when you speak what seems most probably the closest thing to truth that you have, and you are very confident that the words will be misinterpreted by those hearing them?
Is that speaking truth, or is it telling a lie?

What if you speak the truth, but deliberately do so in such a way that you are confident it will be misinterpreted by the listener? Truth or lie?

I do my best to communicate the best approximations to truth that I have, with the intention that the listener is able to replicate the concepts I intend them to understand (the definition of communication in my understanding).
Very rarely do I intentionally lie, and sometimes I catch myself telling lies – embellishing something, however slightly.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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