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      Zapper
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      Hello Lal,
      Is it good to tell lies for the sake of good results? (i.e. white lies)
      For example: If a friend is asking me if they look good and I tell them that they look good even though they don’t look good, simply because I don’t want to hurt their feelings

    • #37568
      Lal
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      Hello Zapper,

      It is OK to tell “white lies” for good results.
      – But the example that you give is not a good one. Depending on the actual situation, it could be good or bad.

      Here is a better example of a good “white lie”:
      “10. During the Nazi terror in Germany, many Germans “lied” to the Nazis that they were not hiding Jews in their houses; of course, the intention was to save human lives, and thus it was the right thing to do. They acquired good kamma for protecting lives.”

      That is from the post, “Right Speech – How to Avoid Accumulating Kamma.” You may want to read it.

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