Telling truth ought to be the simplest thing we do. Why isn’t it?
My comments – not about politics, government, media or trumped-up tweets … but they could be – not about you, your family, your neighbours or your colleagues, but about me, about my feelings and my behavior. When we place trust someone – with our money, our car repairs, our shoe repairs, our purchasing, our relationships – are they truth tellers or just as honest as they choose to be?
Yet no matter how truthful, how ‘full disclosure-mode’ we are, truth telling does not always produce happy, tasty or fulfilling results.
Conversely, not being truthful and fully disclosed never brings happy, tasty or fulfilling results. Never.
In the short run short-changing truth is expedient, but over time it only brings people down. Variable being how far down and how quickly.
Ever hear: “I’m being as honest as I can”, or “To tell you the truth …”
Most people don’t preface statements that way every time. So, when are they speaking truth, and how can we tell?
When someone starts that way, I get edgy. Why must they clarify – what about that which they are about to say causes them to underscore/draw attention to, their statement as true? To channel Nathan Jessop (Jack Nicholson fans know this) – can we not handle the truth?
There is only one story to remember, only one story to tell – one with no variation, no agenda, no angle to work or recrimination to avoid. Truth is simple, just like water. Simple basic things, no change in properties because of location, temperature, season or which way some wind is blowing …