05/16/2019 (Thu) 20:22:59
There are a lot of ideas I like in Japanese morality. One of them is that they are more forgiving of people who tell lies even if they're caught. Japanese understand that what matters is why a lie was told, and they extend the benefit of the doubt by default.
Western moralists freak out about lies and treat them as a terrible sin, and yet if you tell them the truth they are intolerant and can't handle it. So if someone lies they assume they're untrustworthy. With Japanese if someone lies, they'll be more understanding--maybe the person was ashamed, put in a bad position, had no choice, or wanted to save someone from embarrassment.
But Christians act offended when they're told lies as answers, even though often times you asked an inappropriate question in the first place. Like if someone asks you how much is in your bank account, or about your exes, it's no big deal to not give a completely honest answer, especially if you don't trust that person.