Liar!   1 comment

One of my favorite chapters in I, Robot was Liar!  In this chapter, there was a mistake with the production of a robot, and the robot was accidentally given the ability to read minds.  He then began telling people lies because of the first rule of robots: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.  The robot told people what they wanted to hear because he didn’t want to upset the people.  The way they defeated the robot was to tell it that he will hurt the human either way.  If he tells the human a lie, the human will be upset because he lied.  If he tells the human the truth, the human will be upset.  The robot becomes so confused that it refuses to speak.

I found this chapter interesting because it is debating whether it is better to tell someone a lie if it keeps them from feeling the pain of the truth or if it is better to just tell the truth.  I have always had trouble lying to people, but I also have trouble hurting people’s feelings.  I don’t know what the right answer to this question is.  I think it depends on the situation.

However, one lie often leads to several more lies.  Then if someone finds out about all of these lies, it becomes a much bigger deal than it probably should have been.  Also, lying adds a lot of stress to your life.  It makes you constantly worried that someone will figure out you lied.  Maybe the truth is always the right way to go.

On the other hand, telling the truth just to rid yourself of guilt, is not the right way to go.  If the telling the truth will make you feel better, but hurt someone else, maybe it is best to just tell a lie.

I think the robot figured out the best way to handle this situation: just don’t say anything.

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Posted November 14, 2011 by heffner14 in Uncategorized

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  1. It really is tough to know what to do sometimes. Generally, I think it’s better to just tell the truth even if it will hurt the other person. If they decided to ask you for the truth, they expect it and should be prepared to handle it even if it isn’t what they hope to hear. Plus it’s just less confusing that way.

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