In a sci-fi TV show I was watching recently, the political characters had decided it was better the public didn't know various military actions the government had taken. While several characters played with the idea that the truth can be dangerous, another character protested that “the truth always matters most”. It's true, truth may offend, but one can choose whether or not they will be offended by the facts. Inward offense is not an involuntary reaction, it's a choice. Knowing the truth and personal responsibility must take precedent over unbalanced emotions.
One of the most famous quotes about truth is, “The truth will set you free” which comes from the Bible. The trouble with a lie, whether it's a so called “white lie” or not, is that lies always travel in packs.
It was famously said by Walter Scott,
While not as dramatic in their beginnings, “white lies” never stop where they start either. Let's weed “white lies” out of our vocabulary, and remember what Mr. Rogers, one of the longest running TV child educators once said,