Lying Is A Common Social Phenomenon. In Any Social Context,

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Lying is a common social phenomenon. In any social context, it presents itself as a factor to hijack any interaction. From a young age, introductions to the ethics of lying are conducted. Arguments as ancient as ancient as Greek philosophers often arise on whether lying in general is right or wrong – more specifically lying to children. A little lie here, a small one there, drizzle a bit of Santa Claus into the mix, and one ends up with the bad recipe for incredulity and mistrust. It’s that mistrust and damage to credulity that is a snowball that continuously rolls down the hill, getting bigger and doing more damage. There are generally two types of lies that are presented to children, ones that destroy morals and ones that are perceived…show more content…
The parents themselves don’t support their own child lying, but what does the child think about the parent lying. As the child gets older, his or her moral evaluation of both lies and truth becomes submersed in doubt. One does not know said child’s evaluation without understanding their developments. White lies, ones that prove to be harmless and trivial such as the Santa Lie, are messages that confuse children altogether. Parents hope to teach morals such as lying is always bad, but at the same time cross their fingers and act deceitfully in order to make life easier. The child just ends up confused. Not all lies have negative consequences for the other person, and not all truths have positive consequences for someone else (Carson 1988). The delicate balance between a child’s moral understanding is impossible to determine and predict, but it does not stop people from trying to comprehend it. Lies tend to snowball and evolve, making it easier to lie in the future. Before, the science of lying was a pseudo-science full of uncertainty, but recently studies came to light which supporting the theory that one lie makes future lies easier. This digression of the moral code and increase of corruption are seen as a numbing agent to the brain. In a study by Neil Garrett, 80 people were shown a jar full of pennies and given different guidelines on the lies that were to say. Each guideline will determine if the lie resulted in the individual receiving
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