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    Re: Do people lie to benefit themselves?

    'Benefit' is a loaded term. It involves contestable points like whether goodness is subjective or innate and whether a person's awareness of the benefits of a behavior is necessary to make it truly beneficial (which can be true or false regardless of whether goodness is subjective or innate).

    Different personalities exercise varying degrees of honesty in different situations for different reasons. Some will end up being truthful more often than others. Pretty much the only way to "not lie" is to train yourself to be open minded and to recite information as plainly and objectively as possible.

    Generally speaking, people will "lie" without being aware of it simply because it is more entertaining.
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    Re: Do people lie to benefit themselves?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    The poll and question is worthless without relevancy.
    Evasion pure and simple. Sounds like a politician.
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    Re: Do people lie to benefit themselves?

    You could easily say that all lies are made to benefit the liar. Even those little white lies that are excused and justified are really self serving. Does that dress make your ass look fat? NO. Your ASS makes your ass look fat. Yes...Im sorry...the cat DID die...we didnt take it to aunt Jenny's farm.

    We dont want to get in trouble, we want to get laid, we dont want to feel bad. Its all excuse, justification or rationalizing.

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    Re: Do people lie to benefit themselves?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    Is the poll aimed at the polers or what they think of others?


    Honesty to me is perhaps the most important trait of a person and I regard it highly. I myself do not lie even if it would benefit me.
    That is hard to beleive.

    You tell the truth 100% of the time?

    If somebody asks you if a dress makes them look fat, are you going to say yes?

    Sorry I wrote this before I saw the post above it.
    Last edited by Mason66; 07-13-11 at 12:03 AM.

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    Re: Do people lie to benefit themselves?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    I think the real question is do you like turtles?
    Nobody likes turtles.

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    Re: Do people lie to benefit themselves?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    That is hard to beleive.

    You tell the truth 100% of the time?

    If somebody asks you if a dress makes them look fat, are you going to say yes?

    Sorry I wrote this before I saw the post above it.
    I cannot say that I have never lied in my life but I strive very hard to always tell the truth. In a case such as your example I generally wouldn't give a response if I felt the truth would get me slapped .

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    Re: Do people lie to benefit themselves?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    I love these polls. I'm going to make one about if people like turtles or not.
    I think the question is: Do Turtles like People!

    I'm not sure at what age people learn to lie, but it works for our politicians...and the electorates who love to lie to themselves...so I guess that it kind of a symbiotic relationship.

    Oh, and kids like lie to parents almost daily...especially past the age of about 6. Going into the first grade really makes kids aware of how fruitful lying is.

    Then you have - No dad (mom) we'd never send you to a nursing home. Uh huh.

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