Student Response: I found the first five chapters of this book extremely fascinating. I enjoyed the comparison that Bok made between our cognitive abilities and/or reasoning and the types of lies we tell. Bok also made the point that essentially everything in this world is relative to the individual and his or her experiences in life. Two people could tell the exact same lie, and it would be considered justified for one, but not for the other. So, why do we lie? Bok might say that we lie because we want to protect someone else or because we ultimately want to protect ourselves. The fact that lying is acceptable in some cases and unacceptable in others does not seem to make a lot of sense, yet the reasoning behind our own personal cognitive abilities and relative experiences might explain why some feel lying in certain situations is either okay or unacceptable. 

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