Someone proposed this question to me today, and I had kind of a hard time answering it. I said something about it being based on what works best to preserve and create good relationships with others. The person then asked me where that comes from. I said it's the way I was taught, the way I grew up...but I'm an adult now, so what is it based on?
He asked me is it ever okay to lie. I said it's okay if for self-preservation in desperate situations or the preservation of another's life. He asked if I thought lying in and of itself was wrong. I kind of think of it as situational though....it depends. Like, for example, if I didn't lie to save my husband's life, to me, that is wrong! I think lying is the right thing to do in a situation like that.
I don't know. I've thought about it but I'm having a hard time really working through my thoughts about ethics, morals, and the relativity of values. I know this is a very philosophical question that's been debated for centuries. Can someone help me with this please.? Any books you can recommend will also be appreciated. Thanks fam.