The Big Read: At times, a lie is an act of kindness

11 February 2016 - 02:57 By Jonathan Jansen

Is it okay to lie? If you're a reasonably decent South African you would of course revolt at the idea that such a question could even be posed. Children are taught from a very young age that lying is reprehensible and any one of you will remember a parent's favourite moralising message on the subject like "tell the truth and shame the devil" or one borrowed, like "O what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive.

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