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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?
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[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 14 2012: Tell the truth and lose a friend,
    Tell the truth and be ready to be hanged,
    Tell the truth and lose the sale,
    Tell the truth and be ready to be labelled as unbeiliver,
    Those who chant about truth day in and day out , night in and night out even they too resist truth.

    People are not comfortable with truth, because its ugly and has bad odour. People love lies, because it brings them into the comfort zone , as it leads them into the fantasy land.

    The religions of the world too preach and teach about lies , like Sin,Hell and heaven and what not. The religions of the world though talk about truth, but people love lies.

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