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7)  Is it always right to tell the truth, even if it hurts or destroys someone else? What matters more, the life of an individual or the majesty of the moral law? Explain. (250 words)

Topic: Human Values

7)  Is it always right to tell the truth, even if it hurts or destroys someone else? What matters more, the life of an individual or the majesty of the moral law? Explain. (250 words)

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Why this question:

The question aims to analyse the aspect of being truthful under varying circumstances.

Key demand of the question:

Discussion should analyse in what way being truthful and upholding the moral of being honest is difficult in certain situations and what is right whether to be truthful even in situations where the truth may hurt the individuals or the situation.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Define the value of truthfulness. 

Body:

One has to justify both the sides – if a lie preserves someone’s feelings, or protects someone from harm, it is the right thing to do. It is morally acceptable to lie when a falsehood protects someone from physical or emotional harm. Moreover, little white lies are socially accepted when they do no harm. For instance, telling a child that their drawing is nice or that their story is clever, is an example of this.

On the other hand, also explain If we do things that require justification, we are already doing something we aren’t supposed to be doing. Making excuses may sooth our logical mind temporarily, but it doesn’t do anything for the internal conflict that is created. When we deliberately do something that violates our core ethics, it sets in motion a destructive emotional conflict. The end result will be the slow erosion of our core values or the manifestation of some self-sabotaging behavior.

Conclusion:

Conclude with balanced opinion.

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