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The Dark Side of White Lies

The Dark Side of White Lies


Books rarely change my behavior but this one has. Sam Harris’ “Lying” is my favorite book for two reasons. It is short and, although I wasn’t in the habit of lying before I read the book, it has provided a rationale for doing the right thing, therefore making it easier to persuade others to do the right thing themselves.

In a book that can be read in about an hour, Sam, in his eloquent style, displays a philosophical, yet practical stream of consciousness about the impact of lying on our lives. We all know it is bad to lie, but we have all done it at some point. Paradoxically, we probably believe ourselves to be honest people anyway.

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