Can you reserve the truth?


#1

Is it okay to lie if somebody wants to know personal information you would rather not reveal, especially if saying “I don’t want to tell you” would give away the information? :confused: For example: If somebody asks you if you like a certain person and you say “I’d rather not say,” that pretty much gives you away.


#2

Deflecting personal inquiries of any nature is an acquired skill but it does not require lying. In the hypothesis you offered, a person who does not want to admit attraction to someone he otherwise likes can say, “She’s a good friend,” and change the subject. The requirement not to lie does not require anyone to reveal personal information he is not comfortable sharing.


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