DWQA QuestionsCategory: Divine GuidancePamela Meyer said, “White lies keep social dignity intact and are far more prevalent than most people realize. Several studies have found that an average person is lied to from 10 to 200 times a day – mostly just to keep a conversation going, to avoid conflict, or to establish a connection with someone.” What is Creator’s perspective?
Nicola Staff asked 4 months ago

This commentary, taken in isolation, purports to provide a rationale for living through the white lie because everyone does it, and in such a world it is almost impossible to compete and not do so oneself. Indeed, a truth-teller among a group of liars will be at a considerable disadvantage, but we would look at the wider view—what is gained to be a prince among thieves compared to becoming a thief oneself? We favor the high ground in every interchange, as the best course of action and the road to divine alignment, so one is on a divine path much or most of the time—that will serve you much better than breaking rules, breaking social compacts, breaking trust, and all of the consequences that lying may bring.

We do appreciate, at the same time, that you are bringing forth comments about white lies and they, indeed, are in somewhat of a different category because, by definition, they are lies that do relatively little harm and, in fact, may have a silver lining that protects the person being lied to, as well as the liar, from awkwardness, unnecessary complications, misunderstandings, and consequences that could be avoided altogether but for the issue of truth getting in the way and spoiling things. Sometimes an ugly truth can be sidestepped to prevent things coming to a head that are not necessary to dwell on or even point out, and if a white lie saves someone from such unpleasantness it can be argued the white lie is a blessing and the wiser course of action in turning to that strategy. We agree there are such situations, and these come up fairly often, and this again is a consequence of yours being such an imperfect world—people are corrupt, people are inadequate, people are manipulated to be inferior, and the very nature of physical existence creates many obstacles and setbacks beyond your control, and these conditions harm everyone. So any way in which order can be preserved, trust maintained, and efficiency protected through using a white lie to keep people happy, this will be clearly the lesser of evils.

So while we do not endorse this categorically, we agree there are situations where it might be the wisest thing to do in the moment, to prevent a greater hurt or harmful consequence that can be avoided, but we cannot endorse anything out of divine alignment categorically as there are exceptions to every rule. So it is important to realize when you go down that road, you are moving out of alignment, so it behooves you to keep your wits about you and think carefully about the choice you are making, to not venture too far off the straight and narrow path. The Law of Karma can be a harsh reminder of the need for divinity in all one does, but it will recognize mitigating factors, and included in this is also divine grace that might well be a factor in allowing you to get away with a white lie now and again if it serves a greater good.