Is lying morally permissible if...?

Psychology
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Is it morally reasonable to mislead or lie to a child for his or her own well-being? Is this sort of parental behavior a necessary "tool" for guiding a child to do the right thing until they can figure out what is right or wrong on their own?

Many cultures use the idea of Santa Claus making a list of who is naughty/nice as a way to manage the behaviors of children (because those children on the "nice list" receive presents). Do you feel that this parental behavior is morally reasonable?

Sep 10th, 2015

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Children turn to their parents as sources of information about an endless variety oftopics and with a high degree of trust. Parents sometimes find themselves in difficult positions when asked certain questions, and must decide whether to be truthful or to lie totheir children. Now, it is one thing to lie to a child about the existence of Santa Claus, butquite another to lie about the ways in which humans use animals and on what grounds.When confronted with the questions of where food comes from, why humans eat animals,and what happens to animals in order to become food, parents will almost always givetheir children overly idealistic, often contradictory, and blatantly false answers. These lies

are thought to be justified as they “protect” children from the harsh reality of this

 practice, and it is assumed that children are better off not knowing the truth of the matter.However, as will be argued, not only do parents have other, more self-interested reasonsfor lying to their children about animal consumption, but deceiving children in this waydenies them the ability to make informed choices for themselves, and these choices areextremely important as they have real victims, namely, the animals. Through an examination of the morality of lying to children about animal consumption utilizing the framework offered by Sissela Bok for determining whether or not to lie, as well as an analysis of this issue from a virtue ethics perspective, it will be shown that lying to children about the consumption of animals is morally wrong and ultimately displays a severe lack of humility and benevolence, which are generally considered important virtues for ethical living.

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