Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question
His question is this:
“How do you feel about people who always seem to exaggerate when relating a story? Do you equate embellishment with lying? As a blogger, when, if ever, is stretching the truth, other than when writing fiction, permissible?”
People who exaggerate are individuals who seek acceptance from others. These are insecure individuals who need to be ” important ” in the eyes of others. These are individuals who need to feel “useful” and “valuable” to others. These are individuals who stretch the truth simply to spice up their life because they feel their own is insufficient/boring.
I don’t feel this is a means of lying, just as deception isn’t a form of lying. It has a life of it’s own: exaggeration. That’s stating the truth but on a larger scale.
I’m not sure, aside from story telling, why one would do such a thing. The only scenario that I feel would hold this acceptable is in the event of a surprise. For example, if a child senses a surprise party, a parent may exaggerate the truth to keep the surprise.