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Is a lie a lie no matter what the lie is or how severe?

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Asked by Illinoisstepto2 at 1:59 PM on Jan. 30, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • any untruth by definition is a lie, but like with most things, its severity or impact varies by the nature of the lie.
    we don't live in a black and white world.

    Answer by teri4lance at 2:01 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Yes. That does not make all lies harmful and that does not mean that some truth is painful or destructive.

    Answer by kemclaughlin at 2:04 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Any untruth is a lie.
    Not all lies are punishable offenses.
    The seriousness of the offense is directly related to the offender's intention (lying to hurt someone vs lying to avoid hurting someone, etc).

    Answer by at 2:08 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Yes, technically a lie is a lie. But not all lies are equal.

    Answer by Silvertears1275 at 3:17 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • I'm a firm believer in "shades of gray"

    Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 7:47 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • An interesting question. When it comes to a child, no - they may not speak the truth, but it's not a lie - it's a reflection of their perception and/or understanding of a situation. As they get older, then a lie becomes a lie when it's a deliberate untruth told rather than a different understanding of the same situation. For teens and adults, unless there's a mental disorder, then I would say that a lie is a lie. Severity doesn't make something a lie or not - it's more a judgment call on how severe the lie is based on who/what it affects and how much and by who's standards.

    Answer by JPsMommy605 at 10:36 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

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