Here is a BBC article about jobs that are deemed “sales-oriented” vs. many other types of work, and how this philosophy of marketing strategies overlaps with our personal lives and communications.
My own knee-jerk naivete is to persist with my typical thought that marketing professions are of the devil and that the multinational / large corporate scene can be counted on to get nearly everything ethically wrong. But since I suspect that my views may be just a bit overboard [most marketing majors and professionals aren’t Satanists … probably], I probably need to write off my neat battle line there as another fantasy of my own. Not so much that those things don’t have boatloads of evil, but more my fantasy that I don’t. This article does a good job of pointing out how mainstreamed, common, and even expected/solicited/wanted lies have always been among all of us. As you tuck your child in tonight, does he or she really need to hear “you might die tonight, honey” - or is it okay to send them off to blissful sleep with the “everything’s going to be okay!” even though you can’t know that?
The article asks “Do you really want your flight attendant telling you that you should be worried about turbulence?”
To which I would answer: yes! - if it is actually something I should worry about, which it almost never is for any seat-belted passenger. So the flight attendant isn’t being dishonest most of the time with those sorts of words; so I think the author could have picked a a better example.
Other thoughts on truth, deception, communication?
[And once again, just to prevent misunderstandings, I do know good and decent Christians who lived Godly lives as professional sales people - so my blanket castigation of marketing professions above needs to be taken as (mostly - even if not entirely) tongue-in-cheek.]