If you are going to tell little lies, tell good lies, not bad ones. Bad lies are the lies you feel a little bad about when you tell them. The bad little lies can lead to big bad lies (ones you eventually don’t feel bad about at all). Little bad acts add up and before you know it, you won’t be someone you had hoped to be. This New Scientist article explains some science which shows how this everyday common sense actually works.
When my children were growing up, I tried to teach them that sometime we will eventually need to tell a lie, but I warned them that lying to those who love us is the most dangerous, destructive sort of lie. Yet, even the little lies may build the habit of lying so that someday, you won’t be able to stop yourself when you know you should.
Question for readers: What do you feel about lying?
Note: See C.S. Lewis’ story about our tiny demons becoming large.