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Lying

2013 . Philosophy, Ethics & Moral Philosophy, Self-help, Personal Growth, Business & Economics . Sam Harris

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About the book

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As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, best-selling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie. He focuses on "white" lies—those lies we tell for the purpose of sparing people discomfort—for these are the lies that most often tempt us. And they tend to be the only lies that good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process.

Year:

2013

Language:

English

Publisher:

Four Elephants Press

Pages:

108

ISBN:

1940051010 (ISBN13: 9781940051017)

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Reviews

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Annie Spencer image

4 months ago

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I love Sam Harris, so when I stumbled across this book I knew I would take away a really meaningful message from it. It’s super short, and the audiobook is narrated by him which is an extra bonus. The book lays out why lying is always detrimental - even the white lies we tell on a daily basis to keep secrets, protect feelings or just to simplify our lives. Sam Harris makes a case that it is never acceptable to lie, talking through different lies we tell, why they are harmful (if not always on the surface) and how to be tactful in the truth. I don’t necessarily think it is the simplest way to live life (seriously am I going to tell someone I hate their Christmas gift?!) but left feeling Sam lives a very admirable principled life. I can’t really still believe he told a customs officer he had drugs on vacation when asked. As someone who really isn’t that direct and skirts around difficult conversations - I am left seeing why it is important to be more so.

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