Who is ready to discuss “lying”? 😛
CPE has this type of assignments. Such an assignment enourmously helps develop the skills of making comparisons.
“Read the two texts below. Write an essay summarizing and evaluating the key points from both texts. Use your own words throughout as far as possible, and include your own ideas in your answer.”
Before writing the essay below, I read this article https://www.scu.edu/ethics/ethics-resources/ethical-decision-making/lying/ I also thought about these phrasal verbs:
Finally, I thought about these headlines:
After these steps above, I wrote my essay:
Both texts express their attitudes towards lying. While Text 1 uses the expression “Honesty is the best policy” with sarcasm, Text 2 asserts that lying is always morally wrong.
Text 1 puts forward the idea that if practically all people lie despite the knowledge that dishonesty is a negative character trait, it is justified to continue lying to avoid conflicts. In marked contrast, Text 2 is dogmatic and categorical. It claims that each lie contradicts the part of the human being that gives humans moral worth. Moreover, lying to others, the individual harms the others’ dignity too, which consequently results in their disrespect for the liar.
In my opinion, Text 1 does make a convincing argument. “White lies” can benefit as the liar as the people who are deceived. For example, if the doctor lies that the patient can recover, though he knows with a 99%probability that the sufferer will die in two months, such a noble lie can with all likelihood stabilize the sick person’s condition. Otherwise, knowing the truth, the patient runs the risk of falling into depression or even committing suicide. Text 2, on the other hand, does not provide the reader with conclusive evidence for its assertions. It does not mention if a lie told in pursuit of another virtue, for instance compassion, is right or wrong. It also suggests being economical with truth. However, it means “to be DECEITFUL by withholding truth,” does not it?
Analyzing both texts, I believe that Text 1 is more honest and objective than Text 2. Both texts have inclined me to the viewpoint that in each particular situation when a person chooses between telling a lie or the truth, one should weigh the benefits against the harms of possible consequences. In addition, one should be aware of the danger to endlessly remaining on “the slippery slope” of lies. The latter inevitably converts a righteous person into an incorrigible sinner.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THIS TOPIC?