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Jean-Charles Longuet

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Telling the truth: are there limits?

Two recent talks focused on "Truth" as something good/moral. Practically, however, some information may cause havoc: the Wikileaks diplomatic data disclosure, for example, coulad have put some people at risk.

How should we manage the decision to disclose (or not) such information? Or manage the moral dilemma when telling a lie may have a positive outcome?

[update 2012/11/25] The conversation initially mixed a few things : Truth is something that is not as obvious as it seems, and Lies are more related to a deceiving/manipulative intention that to the hiding of some Truth.

Anyway, all points of views are welcome.


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    Nov 12 2012: A nun shared the story about her brother who committed adultery. Because her brother felt very guilty about it, he sought her advice. The nun's advice is to break away from that relationships and keep that from there.

    I think, yes. Not a limit actually. There are certain times that you need to say a lie to keep a very important thing. Say, in that situation above, there are too many different emotions to be expected that makes the outcome really unpromising.

    Thruth by the way is stranger than fiction.

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