…and know about it?
For the sake of discussion, a white lie is any outright deceit over a trival matter with the intention of not causing further trouble or causing distress. I guess I am not sure if delibrate emblishments do count as white lies (hidding details and so on) too; you can include your reactions to those too.
A friend and me were waiting for a third friend for lunch at a resturant, and he was late, We went ahead and ordered first for everyone, and when the food came my friend said we shout just go ahead and it. So we did.
The late-comer called after a while saying he was stuck in a jam. My friend causally replied, “It’s all right, we’ll wait for you”. I stare at him with raised eyebrows and he just said, “Sometimes a white lie is convenient and why not if it makes people feel better?”
I shrugged. It’s lunch, not an ethics debate (I will ask the late-comer to hurry his ass up, if I was the one talking). When the final friend came, we have finished his food while his was left cold.
“Did you guys waited a long time?” he asked.
My friend said, “No, not really”
To me it was pretty obivous he was lying. We had both finished our food, his food was cold and so on.
So, let say you are that late-comer, and you found out that you have been lied to. Just white lies though. How would you feel?
I probably will shrug and say, “It’s a white lie. He mean no harm”, though I probably will not tell a white lie to another. It’s just messy at times.
So what about you?