Lying

Kant, one of my favorite philosophers, famously argues that lying is absolutely wrong in all cases. The dude hates lying, stating “It is a serious violation of a duty to oneself; it subverts the dignity of humanity in our own person, and attacks the roots of our own thinking.” He has some interesting arguments as to why lying is so bad. He claims that it objectifies people by using them as tools to promote your own ends and that it violates his famous categorical imperative because if everyone lied there would be no truth. Kant went as far as arguing that if a murderer was asking where your friend was so he could murder him, you’d have to tell him the truth.

Like my boy Kant, I’m not into lying. However, my reasons for trying to avoid it differ from his somewhat idealistic ones. I’ve learned the hard way that the truth has a tendency to emerge no matter how much we try to cover it up. While this argument is certainly less noble than that of Kant, it is very practical. However, until one has been caught in a lie, it is difficult to hold tightly to this principle.

 

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