Our expert says:
I am uneasy about replying definitely to questions posed in such vague and general terms. Much depends on the circumstances, on what you mean by "truth", how it would "destroy lives", and so on.
But here are some general thoughts.
Lying is difficult, for most of us ; to sound convincing, and to remember exactly how you lied about it last time.
As Q points out, the wounds caused when someone discovers the nasty truth PLUS the fact that you lied to them, are usually worse than those caused by the truth alone.
I believe it is better to concentrate on choosing HOW to tell the truth, rather than IF. As BT says, it almost always comes out in the end, anyhow, at least hen you choose to tell it, you have more control over the timing and wording of it.
And we are not, I suppose, talking about so-called "white lies". When someone invites a comment on their ugly baby or dreadful new dress, they usually don't want the truth.
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