- Introduction: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and event they will believe it,” said Adolf linter.
- Since the essence is lying aced to understand the difference between lyi and deception.
- The dubious misleading visuals on television, billboards. print and electrot media are subtle deceptions which are legal.
- Besides its use in everyday life, deception plays an important role in w even today.
- Lying on an individual level creates a bad image of n person.
- Conclusion : Deception can never be justified, for it is morally wrong, caul negative feelings and betrays the trust of people who bell.
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it,” said Adolf Hitler. Thus the bigger the lie the more likely it is to be believed. Lying to deceive is the most effective tactics in war. Great generals deceived the enemy into miscalculating their forces. To confuse enemies Sun Tzu: in his book “Art of War” suggests, when capable of attacking, feign incapacity; when active in moving troops feign inactivity.” Thus the art of lying and deception evolved over century to become a world necessity. But what actually is deception? Deception is an act of trying to make someone believe in an idea, concept or an assertion that is untrue or lacks clarification. Since the essence is lying there is need to understand the difference between lying and deception.
Though lying leads to deception, culturally it is believed to be wrong, while deception in the modern world has been largely tolerated. The Oxford dictionary defines a lie as ‘an intentionally false statement that is not true.’ To deceive on the other hand is to cause to accept as true or valid, what is false or invalid. The end result therefore is the same, for the victim believes something that is not true. The difference therefore being the action on the part of the schemer. Although condemned lying is quite common in everyday life to save both time and pain. Whether it involves denying an action to escape punishment or making a false statement to close a deal, lying has become an art, which if mastered can be a very useful tool in life. However if used incorrectly, it has a negative impact both socially and sometimes legally.
Lying either verbally, visually or physically leads to deception. The often dubious misleading visuals we see on television, billboards, print and electronic media are subtle deceptions which are legal. Thus one sees commercials, making women believe that they would become fair and lovely, by applying a cream endorsed by a Bollywood star. Though she may never have used it herself. This are acts of deception, which we have learnt to tolerate and accept as normal.
Besides its extensive use in advertising and sales promotion, deception plays an important role in war and politics. America propagated lies which convinced the world that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction and they must be stopped, for it posed a threat to world peace. They justified the war on Iraq to be morally right and justified, though on hindsight it now appears to be clever deception, to fulfil strategic objective.
However resorting to such behaviour on an individual level creates a bad image of the person. People do not trust nor respect such a person. It often leads to betrayal of trust of loved ones, which gives rise to a feeling of guilt and repentance.
Deception by any means whether verbal or visual can never be justified, for it is morally wrong, causes negative feelings and betrays the trust of people who believe in you. Moreover in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “You can fool some of the people all the time and all, of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”