314: The Good Lies

Lying has always been a conundrum for me. I wouldn't say I specifically live by the ten commandments, but I consider myself a good person by pretty much every moral metric. Except that it seems to me there are quite a few situations where lying doesn't seem wrong. I mean, if you were hiding fugitives in your basement from Nazis in WWII, how could it be a sin to lie and say they weren't there? Or when with alarming frequency extremely aged women want to save their dignity by giving you their shopping carts way out at the other end of the parking lot, how can it be a bad thing to pretend that you do? I wouldn't even trust a pathological liar or someone who tells untruths with bad motivation, but I think there is something comforting in a person who you can count on to tell the truth and omit it in the right circumstances.