There are some situations when a refusal to answer to question is as good as an answer. We all know this.
I’m not talking life or death situations. I’m talking about personal information that you would rather not give. Just as a hypothetical situation let’s say we’re in an AU where drinking coffee is a strange and twisted thing and, while it’s not necessarily wrong, drinking coffee is regarded as a sign of deep mental illness. If somebody walks up to me and asks if I’ve ever drunk coffee, I have three options: Yes, No, I don’t want to answer that.
We all know that “I don’t want to answer that” means the same thing as “yes”. So realistically I have 2 choices, yes or no. Yes is the true answer, but it’s the answer that would give away a very deep personal secret - just because somebody asked for it.
Is it really so wrong if I say “no” just to make the subject go away?
In the real world, I have had instances where I’ve said things that I did not want to just because somebody asked and I couldn’t lie. I don’t feel like people should have a right to my personal feelings like that.
I feel very iffy on this. I don’t know what i SHOULD do if people ask me questions like that. I can’t say yes, but I’m not allowed to say no, and walking away would reveal everything.