How much ignorance is unforgivable?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Telling untruth is not necessarily lying, because one cannot lie unless one knows the truth!
To lie is to tell an untruth, (or pretend) with the intention to deceive. Of paramount importance for anything to be labelled as a lie is the intention for deception (that is to cover up, distort the truth or misrepresent the facts), and hence the truth must first be known.
If what was said by someone was later proven to be untrue, we can logically conclude that the person was either lying or ignorant of the facts.
Election campaigns are fertile grounds for the aforementioned.
It is not dishonourable for someone to come clean and admit ignorance. But how much ignorance is forgivable, especially when it relates to seemingly basic facts that should be known?
One hopes, however, that any admission of ignorance is the first step towards a willingness to become more enlightened.
DAIVE R. FACEY