Growing up, I never disputed the importance of being honest, after all I liked my nose and did not want to end up like poor Pinocchio, but in recent years, I have realized that lying is just as important as telling the truth. You might want to make this two sentences instead of one
Over Thanksgiving break, I became a little too exuberant while playing Wii boxing and punched myself in the face. I can be a bit wild with my swings, but don't worry, I won. For days
after afterwards I returned to school,
I got questions like "Dude what happened to your jaw," "Are you okay," "Should we talk about your life at home," and "Did you get into some kind of outsiders brawl over the break." While all of these questions were valid proposals and a swollen jaw typically means more than a Wii
gone wrong, who would ever admit such an unfortunate outcome from a game and not a real sport? Naturally, I saved myself from extreme embarrassment by making up stories of ninjas abducting me in the middle of the night and an overzealous Black Friday shopper fighting me
a pair of $19.99 boots.
My convenient lie proved to have no adverse affects and helped save me from having to repeatedly explain what really happened
. Imagine my having to grudgingly retell my boxing match, complete with hand motions and the anticipated final blow not to the other player but my own jaw- no thanks. If I had to do it over again would I still lie about how I got my injury? If I'm being honest, yes I would lie in a heartbeat, but maybe this time I would come up with a more colorful story.
Does society require constant honesty? Absolutely not. If people only told the truth there would never be another person elected for
position in government, lawyers would be out of a job, and teachers wouldn't know what to say about
children's behavior. Like Dave Van Ronk once said, "honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone - and hurt them to the bone - you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time." If people only told the truth, more men would really tell their girlfriend about that new dress, and moms would hear the truth about how that new recipe really taste.
My boxing match, while a travesty itself, taught me it is okay to shift the truth in ones favor if its impact is harmless
for others or me
. Today, lying has become an art that seems to be encouraged in everyday life. Take for instance the game two truths and a lie. The entire point of the game is to come up with two outrageous truths and a believable lie then make others guess which story is
. With honesty, taken so lightly nowadays, society as a whole might chose to do away with other virtues such as charity and consideration for others feelings. If you do not respect someone enough to tell them the truth, then would you take the time to consider their feelings?
While a society completely devoid of honesty could
all morals disappear, sometimes lying can make life a bit more interesting. After all who needs honesty when I can get free cake
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