US Airways voucher; [NJ]ohari windows - Omnia mutantur, nihil interit. — LiveJournal
US Airways voucher; [NJ]ohari windows|
|Date:||February 14th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)|| |
I wasn't thinking totally clearly when I wrote this post. I probably should have mentioned that I, in a perhaps foolish show of bluster, explicitly said in my letter to them that I would not patronize them any more unless this matter was satisfactorily addressed. (Meaning it would make my statement into a lie to do so; not that I necessarily have an ethical problem with lying to a big corporation, particularly one that cheated me.)
I will hold back on revealing my own opinions any more than that at the moment, as that seems the only way to get useful feedback from others about this.
You can't lie retroactively. So long as you really believed it at the time, you weren't lying, even if you changed your mind afterwards.
Well, so says this ethicist.
|Date:||February 14th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)|| |
You're right; I forgot that “lie” isn't just a synonym for “untruth”. Incidentally, my statement wasn't really a truth or a lie; it was more like bullshit, in Frankfurt's sense
—that is, I didn't say it because it was true or false, I said it because I thought it was (slightly) more likely to produce the desired effect (although I did also determine at the time I wrote it that I would abide by it, if only to avoid internal inconsistency).