Anyway, the author (Daniel C. Dennett) of this article asks the question (to paraphrase): Should people who are being deceived for their own good be told? His focus is on the context of religion, but it is a question applicable to many common situations:
Should the sweet old lady in the nursing home be told that her son has just been sent to prison? Should the awkward 12-year-old boy who wasn't cut from the baseball team be told about the arm-twisting that persuaded the coach to keep him on the squad?But to simplify his essay to this one concept is to do him a disservice. I'm merely distilling one idea that made me think: "Whoa, Nellie!"
The point is: if you want to have your brain twisted around a moral quandary, read this article.