Truth or Mercy?

Hi, Kate:
In interpersonal “situations,” which is the higher virtue, truth or mercy?
Again, no pressure, mentor!
St. Louis, MO
In my personal situation room truth has the big comfy chair and mercy is sometimes allowed in to vacuum after a tete a tete. It’s just better that way. I don’t remember much anymore and I have a better chance if I tell the truth.
“Does this make me look fat?” causes Mercy to knock on the door with her broom handle, but that’s when I launch into a truthful, if impersonal, dissertation on stripes.
Next time, be a little more truthful with your “no pressures.”