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Can Lying be good?
Lying Can Be Good
Everybody has lied in their lifetime right? Is it only bad when they lie? Can a lie be good sometimes? I recently had the opportunity to read the story The Djinn who lived between night and day. In this story a mother and a father lost all of their children to a horrible plague. One Djinn named Tayab Told the mother that he would bring her children back to life if she would run away and never speak again or return. Tayab ended up leaving the woman to starve to death by the sea. the father was still alive though suffering because of the thought of his whole family being dead. Tayab’s brother Al Faq went to the father and told him the same lie but had villagers take care of him so he could live with the thought of his family being alive. The theme in the story The Djinn who lived between night and day is that in some situations lying can be good. Lying can sometimes help people; Al Faq didn’t intentionally hurt anyone; and some people may think that lying is bad in all cases. I believe that my statement is true. That is why lying can be good in some cases.
Lying can help people sometimes like it did in the story. For example in the story a man had his life saved because of a lie that Al faq told him. The lie that he said was “Mortal man, I am the angel of the gate, and I have heard your prayers. As you feared, your wife, like your children, is dead. I will return them all to life if you will but keep faith in me” (4 Djinn). Specifically the lie helped the guy because the lie gave him hope that his family was still alive. Another way the lie helped people was that all the villagers believed that they now had a holy man living with them in their village because the djinn went to all of them and whispered “There is a holy man beside the sea. Find him. Care for him” (4 Djinn). A third reason that Lies can be helpful is because in the story the guy got to live a happier life even though he couldn’t see his family he was happy that he thought they got to live. Those are some examples of how the lie was helpful with the man and how lies can actually be helpful.
Some people may think that lying is bad in all cases but they are wrong because when you are doing it to help someone or even save a life that should be more than acceptable. If someone’s life depends on a lie then you should definitely tell the lie. You have to be careful though to make sure that it’s not a huge lie that they could find the truth about and could be turned around and make everything worse for them. You also have to be careful that it’s not a big lie that could end up turning on you if or when they find out the truth. Another thing you have to make sure of is that your intentions are good. That is why not all lies are bad.
In The story when Al Faq lied he didn’t do it to intentionally hurt the man. One way that I know this is because Al Faq saw that his brother’s lie hurt the woman and wanted to show how it could have helped her. Another way I know this is because Al Faq knew that even though the lie he said was a lie it was still for the greater good. A third reason was that Al Faq knew that what his brother did was wrong and he wanted to go back and fix his mistake. Al Faq cared about the man. For instance when Tayab Told Al Faq about the man was still alive Al Faq said “I wonder about him” (3 Djinn). That is how Al Faq’s lie was intentionally good.
My statement of lying can be good sometimes is true because even though lying is bad it can still help people. The fact that you are helping someone should go over the fact that lying to them is bad depending on how big or how bad the lie is. Everyone should always be trying to help everyone no matter what it takes. Lying is still bad so you shouldn’t do it but when you feel like you have no choice and you might be helping someone then it might be the right thing to do. You should trust my statement because I am a good student. That is why lying can be good in certain situations.
Article posted November 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM •
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