Have you ever told a fib to a friend or loved one to spare their feelings? Does the fact you’re doing it to keep them from being hurt or heartbroken make for a good excuse? I think we’re all conditioned, and rightly so, from a very young to consider lying or telling fibs one of the worst things you can do, but while I agree with that 99% of the time, I don’t think it’s an absolute. Sometimes a well-timed lie can keep the peace or it can make someone happy. If you had a loved one with dementia and they thought you were their long-dead sister, would you lie and say you were, to ease their mind and keep them calm, or would you tell the truth and say you weren’t, knowing it would upset them?
I think sometimes we view things in terms of black and white, with no shades of gray (please, no jokes about how there are 50 of them 😉 ), but I think the world is far more complicated than that. Not everything is yes/no, up/down, black/white. I think you end up missing out on a lot when you don’t pay attention to that.