There’s a popular phrase “Silence is the loudest scream” and the oxymoron “Deafening silence” which really emphasizes on how loud silence can really be. But how can silence be loud? Silence is loud because it can perhaps unnerve the best chatterers around, can make them feel uncomfortable within seconds. Silence is what triggers your mind to open up and think – think about everything that you’d like to avoid, about everything you don’t want to face while going around in the world. Silence is what could lead you into infinite wonder.
So my question today is, since silence could be considered a way of communication, do you think it’s possible to lie, without saying a word? Can you deceive, without uttering a word, without any gestures, just by your silence?
I reckon you can certainly deceive without saying a word. Let’s say that you know who committed a certain crime. An authority figure decides that someone else did it, and in your presence, accuses them, declares them guilty and punishes them. All the while, you don’t say a word. Did you technically lie? Maybe not, but by your silences you tacitly consented to the accusation. You withheld information that you had a moral obligation to reveal, and by so doing, supported a falsehood. Whether or not it’s technically a lie, it’s clearly a deception, even though you said nothing. If you don’t explicitly disagree with the lie, you implicitly agree with it.
But then again, is a lie of omission really a lie? Is it hurtful? Would it be called a lie without saying a word? I would love to hear more about what you guys thing, as to whether or not we can lie without saying a word. Would love to hear both sides of the question! 🙂