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    Default What causes people to tell the truth?

    My default setting to anyone, at anytime, is to lie...or not tell the whole truth (which might or might not be lying)..

    So, what causes one to just naturally tell the truth, the whole truth? Why would anyone tell the truth at all times? Isn't it better (more interesting) to lie, and to try to balance all the webs of lies you've told, without contradicting yourself? Isn't it better to use people's naive belief that people are always (or usually) telling the truth in ways that are beneficial to you?

    Why would anyone, by default, tell the truth?

    **Before I get flamed..I'll tell the truth if and when I think it's necessary to do so. To some people, and in some situations, I'd rather die than lie. That is, the truth, or what I perceive the truth to be, is sometimes so important that it is more important than my own life. In short, I have, at least I hope, some morals.

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    Sometimes I lie if I view it is absolutely necessary.

    Other than that, I like to know where other people stand, and I like people to know where I stand. That way there is no confusion.
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    Sometimes, people use truth to end their suffering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mkenya View Post
    My default setting to anyone, at anytime, is to lie...or not tell the whole truth (which might or might not be lying)..

    So, what causes one to just naturally tell the truth, the whole truth? Why would anyone tell the truth at all times? Isn't it better (more interesting) to lie, and to try to balance all the webs of lies you've told, without contradicting yourself? Isn't it better to use people's naive belief that people are always (or usually) telling the truth in ways that are beneficial to you?

    Why would anyone, by default, tell the truth?
    Why would I tell the truth? Because everything you said there sounds tiring and unnecessary and overly complicated. I would think a compulsion to do so would be a result of unhealthy impulses.

    Even if I wanted to lie by default, eventually I would be caught with it and then be completely discredited with the people that I deal with on a day to day basis.

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    I just really believe the truth will always come out -- also I'm a lousy liar. You can see it on my face and I say stupid things. Then I forget what I said, so months later maybe somebody brings up the subject and says "Remember blah?" and I'll be like, oh, yeah, when thing happened, and then I'll get the GOTCHA. So it's just not in any way worth it to lie.

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    I just always have. I abhor lying.
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    I think telling the truth is something like burping cucumbers. It's inevitable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mkenya View Post
    My default setting to anyone, at anytime, is to lie...or not tell the whole truth (which might or might not be lying)..

    So, what causes one to just naturally tell the truth, the whole truth? Why would anyone tell the truth at all times? Isn't it better (more interesting) to lie, and to try to balance all the webs of lies you've told, without contradicting yourself? Isn't it better to use people's naive belief that people are always (or usually) telling the truth in ways that are beneficial to you?

    Why would anyone, by default, tell the truth?
    It's funny -- sometimes I wonder why people lie by default so I'm in literally exactly the opposite position as you. I just don't bullshit people or mess with them; the thought doesn't even cross my mind. (Which confuses my ISTP and INTJ friends to no end!!)

    Part of my answer to your question is just to agree with @Qlip and @PeaceBaby. But another part of my answer is a response to the bolded. I don't care about what's more interesting, when interacting with people. If my interactions with people ever have an impersonal, selfish objective, it's not to have fun, it's to achieve maximum productivity. Problems get solved faster when you're honest and direct.

    I don't think finding backhanded ways to do that is a fun activity, partly because I'm not good at it, and partly because I get a bad taste in my mouth whenever I do. And if/when someone found out that I'd done that to them, they'd think I was an asshole, and I would agree with them, and feel guilty. Friendships end through that kind of revelation. Therefore, I wouldn't want to take that risk for the sake of my personal entertainment. There are kinder, safer, and more fulfilling ways to have fun.

    On a broader and more philosophical level (unrelated to my individual experience), I'd say that what makes people tell the truth is probably 1) that it's easier to just say what's on your mind, and 2) that people are disinclined to lie, through socialization. If we were all raised in societies where we thought lying was better than telling the truth, I have no doubt that we'd all be lying right now. But that's not the case.
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    What reason do I have to lie?

    It is other people who make judgments about what I should have, or had not, said because of whatever it means to them. That bothers my 8.

    Oh you want truth? I'll give you the truth!

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