Listening to NPR this morning, Al Tompkins (Poyner Institute) said: "I tell my children there are two ways to lie - one is to tell me something that didn't happen, and the other is not telling me something that did happen"
If there is any one ethic that I felt my parents instilled in my soul - it was not to lie. Lies were considered black and white - no gray in this land - truth or fiction. Lies had consequences more severe than the activity in question, "Stretching the truth" or creating "Spin" were just not skills that I ever developed.
As Fred Owlett said in my Friday Morning Bible Study - "It is always tougher to remember the lie than the truth". Another important discovery I came upon is the "timing of truth". Tompkins makes this point above about the second kind of lie - the silent lie. It is always better to confess to the activity as soon as feasible than to let it be discovered independently (from another source) at a much later time.
Better to confess a problem discovered at work as early as possible - take the consequences and move on to trouble shooting and problem solving. Al Cambridge at Accenture would always say that about Receivables and Collections - "They stink worse with age."
So if lies are black or white. Does that mean a white lie is good?