Honesty is the best policy.
Let’s think about this – What is a policy? Per the ultimate receptacle of all knowledge, namely Wikipedia, “a policy is a deliberate system of principles to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. A policy is a statement of intent.”
In governance parlance, for a Policy to come into effect, it has to become an Act.
When we speak of ‘acting’ upon something, what is it that we are told – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The best policy is ‘honesty’. But the truth is always bitter. It then follows that if I do ‘bitter’ unto others, they will do ‘bitter’ unto me. That brings up the question – Do I like bitter?
Answer – Nope.
And let us not forget that an eye for an eye will only end up making the world blind.
On the contrary, it is courtesy that costs nothing, the tongue of the wise that brings healing and laughter that is the best medicine.
Which is to say that while ‘honesty’ may be my intent, I shall prudently apply it through courtesy, laughter and a wise tongue. And if that’s called a ‘white lie’, then so be it. Cause when the truth will set me free, then I don’t want to be so free that I don’t have any people left in my life.
So, I don’t know if a few while lies are a ‘normal’ part of the human condition, but I do think that they are a ‘prudent’ part of it.
Written in answer to Fandango’s Provocative Question No. 91 – “Is it even possible to live a normal life and not ever tell a lie?”