Nature: To act paternalistically is to guide and even coerce people in order to protect them and serve their best interests. Paternalistic lies are told for social benefit and for the supposed benefit of the deceived persons themselves, in the name of altruism. In addition to guidance and persuasion, the paternalist can also manipulate by force and by deception. Once having assumed a paternalistic stance, it is easy to condone one's lies under the argument of their necessity for the good of children (or childlike adults) whose lack of independent action does not warrant total truth; children are the most often deceived with the few qualms.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET