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A Little White Lie

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Former president Jimmy Carter spoke at Southern Methodist University and related an incident that occurred after he left the White House. 

A woman reporter came to Plains, Georgia, to interview his mother Lillian in relation to an article about Mr. Carter and his family. His mother really didn’t want to be interviewed, but was being gracious. 

So when the reporter knocked at her door, Mrs. Carter invited her in. The reporter asked some hard questions and actually was rather aggressive and rude.

“I want to ask you a question,” she said. “Your son ran for the presidency on the premise that he would always tell the truth. Has he ever lied?”

Mrs. Carter said, “I think he’s truthful. I think you can depend on his word.”

The reporter again asked if he had ever lied in his entire life.

His mother said, “Well, I guess maybe he’s told a little white lie.”

“Ah, see there!” the reporter exclaimed. “He’s lied! If he told a white lie, he has lied.”

The reporter was still not satisfied and asked her, “What is a white lie?” 

And then Lillian Carter said,“It’s like a moment ago when you knocked on the door and I went to the door and said I was glad to see you.”

Don’t Lie to People Who Trust You. And Don’t Trust People Who Lie to You. It’s As Simple As That!

The Truth Doesn’t Cost Anything…..But a Lie Could Cost You Everything!

What do you think about lying and about always telling the truth? What makes you say that? 

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