Now. imagine that we tell always the supposed truth. I would have so say: “You are as stupid as a donkey”;“You are the ugliest person in the Party” (one of them is!); “I hate you”; “I cant stand your foul breath”; “I slept with your sister” and so on.
Life would be hell and there would be war all over the place. Is this what God wants? Obviously not. Then what is wrong in the reasoning?
Truth is not a value on itself. You must not deceit someone if that is against his well being. If that person is entitled to have certain information, then if I rob him of that information, then I am lying.
But I do not have to answer the questions: “How much do you earn?”; “Are you a virgin?”; “Which are our plans of war?” (reporter to a general…)
and others similar for the person who asks the question is not entitled to know the answer, so I may answer whatever comes to my mind.
Now, if I tell that you look terrible in that dress, if she is my friend, she accepts out of friendship, but if she is not my friend, she will take it as a declaration of war. So the question is not the answer in itself but what the other understands with that answer. So be my response.
As for hairdresser, I paid for the cut, ok? Do I want to teach the hairdresser a lesson so that on future works, she will cut better? Then, I may say something. Do I want to protest? Of course I am entitled to do so, for I paid and i am a customer. Do you accept as it is, given the circumstances, you dont want to star a war, for you want to come back, then you it is OK. And it is, for what you’ve told was this whole sentence. You dont care less ( as I do) and say yes to everything? Yes is the truth and means I could not care less, does not mean “Your job is worth a Nobel prize”.