Friday, March 27, 2009

March 27: When Is a Lie Not a Lie? (Vol. 28: pp. 277-284)

Robert Louis Stevenson checks in today with a remarkable essay entitled "Truth of Intercourse."

Stevenson writes that truth "is something more difficult than to refrain from open lies. It is possible to avoid falsehood and yet not tell the truth ... the cruelest lies are often told in silence ... to speak truth, there must be moral equality or else no respect."

He absolutely hits the mark in this essay on conversation and communication. I had not known of this piece before, but it is brilliant.

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