The White Lie Essay
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The White Lie
People are always talking about the white lie and how this kind of lying doesn't hurt other people. Other people feel that any lie is one that should not be made. No matter what individuals have to say about lies, Socrates feels that it is necessary to create a noble lie so that his vision of the just state, or kallipolis, can be created. The Myth of the Metals, Socrates myth, in no way contradicts his definition of justice in The Republic. The so-called noble lie that Socrates puts together is called the Myth of the Metals. This is created to explain to those in the city the reason for their class position. It is brought about when Socrates is talking to Glaucon and they are arguing the manner in which the…show more content…
It is possible that a child of gold or silver blood will be born to those of copper or bronze blood. In that case, the child will be recognized and raised by the designated class. The same is true vice versa. Because of this noble lie, Socrates will be able to control and keep the designated classes in their places. The question to be asked is, does this lie follow Socrates' belief of what justice is? To look at this we must first discover what is Socrates' definition of justice? After setting up his ideal state, there are three distinct classes of people. Each of these people is best suited for doing his or her job in their area of skill. One cannot perform this task to the fullest however, if it is not the only task that he or she does. For example, a steak knife is best suited to cutting steaks. If it were designed to also spread butter, it would not be as good a steak knife for cutting steak. It is for this reason that each class must do only what it is best suited for them. After this is stated Socrates and Glaucon go on to decide how the rulers should be raised and how the guardians should grow up. All of this is not necessary for the argument at hand, what is justice? "Because what we are looking for seems to have been rolling around at our feet from the very beginning, and we didn't see it, which was
Show MoreEver since the early age, we have taught that lying is wrong and hurts people including ourselves. Moreover, we also have educated that it is better to accept the consequences of my actions than to lie. However, the more we grow up, the more we know about using of lying because telling the truth cannot always solve the problem. From my point of view, some lying is acceptable, some is not. It depends upon what purposes that make people tell lies.
A white lie is allegedly one which is done for someone's good and which harms no one. There’s no such thing. The philosophical view that allows people to think that lies can be harmless is one which counts the self as nothing morally interesting.
The first point to note is that although telling…show more content…
Also, to avoid embarrassment (for example, a student lies and says that he is passing because he is embarrassed to tell truth which is that he is failing. He lies because he does not want people to think that he is of inferior intelligence). Another reason can be because of selfishness. Someone can lie and possibly harm others, just to gain attention or to gain a possession (for example, from personal experience, a child will lie and say that his friend's toy is his so he can take it home with him.)
On the other hand, in some situations, telling the truth leads to more bad than good. So with this lying is used will make others in the relationship feel better about themselves. Women these days are very self-conscious, and do not want to hear the truth that they are not as attractive as they used to be. When we say things like this, the relationship most likely will not last that long. Besides, we need to lie because it can help others more comfortable and motivate to continue to do a job better. For instance, teachers in the classes often praise the students even if they have not offered correct answers. Instead of criticizing them, the teachers use the acclaim to encourage the students to find out the right ones. I think this kind of lies in the school often regards as one of the positive educational methods and helps students have a good result in studying.