Honesty is Brutal
The truth, like being stabbed with a hot rusty knife and falling from great distances, can be quite painful. However, unlike a hot rusty knife, the truth is something that people could potentially want, no matter how brutal it is. The problem is that the truth, like Osama Bin Laden, seems to be very hard to find now a days. It isn’t impossible, though. Just ask Seal Team 6. The problem about honesty comes from both ends, though. People don’t want to hear it and people don’t want to deliver it. Kind of like a new born baby.
The first problem with obtaining the fantastic treasure that is the truth is that sometimes people don’t really want to hear it. Especially if the truth has the potential to be a little upsetting. Questions like “does this dress make me look fat?” have the potential to result in answers that people probably don’t want to hear. But hey, they asked right? I think a life lesson that society as a whole needs to learn is that it’s better to hear the brutal truth than it is to be lied to. Sure, you could tell the potentially large woman in the potentially too small dress that, no, it doesn’t hug her skin a little too much. Then she’d be really happy… until she got to whatever event she felt the need to dress up for. Then the whispers start, and you know the whispers are never kept a secret. She’ll hear about it, and boy are you in trouble when you get home.
“Why didn’t you tell me I looked like a stuffed potato in my dress?!?” Don’t deny it, the little voice in your head that is letting you read this essay read that as a shrill, yet feminine, shriek of rage. If you’re a guy, you might have cringed a little bit too.
The other problem with being honest is that nobody seems to feel the need to be honest anymore. They don’t realize that if you don’t tell the woman that the dress is not for her body type, you’re going to hear about it later, and it will probably be louder. People need to stop digging themselves a grave and realize that honesty is going to save you from a whole lot of crap later on. You might have to deal with someone being upset with you for a few minutes, but in the end they’ll be glad you were honest. Nothing sucks more than being lied to by someone you thought you could depend on to be honest with you. So next time, before you tell someone a lie, ask yourself: “is the amount of rage I’m going to experience if/when I get caught in this lie worth it?” If the answer is no, tell the truth. If the answer is yes… please reevaluate your life choices.
The truth has the potential to be slightly painful. Being lied to is significantly more painful. If you lie to people, you are destroying any trust they had in you. If they didn’t trust you to begin with then congratulations, you blew your chances. The compulsive lying that society seems to think is acceptable is going to end badly. If you don’t believe me, I’m sure Hollywood has done tons of movies on the consequences of lying. Go rent one, and then I’ll say “I told you so.”