Honesty

January 5, 2012

Honesty. We all say we want it, that we need it, that we couldn’t live without it.

The reality, genuine honesty could kill us. Think about it. Pick anyone from your life, and have them tell you everything they do for an entire week. If there isn’t at least one thing you don’t like that they do, you are either you are a saint or you are not being honest to yourself.

We lie to ourselves, and other people, daily. We claim that everything is public now, with Facebook, Twitter, etc. — but it really still isn’t, we just put out fluff, things we’d know anyway if we knew the person in real life, and additional lies made in more creative ways.

My closest friends still don’t know things about me that I keep hidden, I won’t claim I’m somehow above the dishonesty. However, I intend to point to how much we hate honesty.

When something in the media is honest, it either is praised and then the point is glazed over, or it is shunned and an excuse is given for its being taken from the spotlight. A good example is the success of The Help whilst Larry Crowne did not garner nearly as much success. Think of Rod Sterling’s Twilight Zone, where he could only point to social and political mistakes via abstract allusions. How in the 60s, most newspapers used naked “free-love” girls as their moniker for what the Hippies were. None of these are by mistake — it’s far easier to look at something as foreign than as something we have to live with.

Another example:
I could probably come up with a story based around the issues of the ideology and/or doctorine of _insert group, faction, or association_ , make it a foreign story, and there’d be no problem. If I instead made it a near-future or present day story, _insert pro-group, faction, or association_ would be on the scene panning it as partisan.

Imagine a world now where everything is plain as day. You know everything about any person the second you meet them. You’re going to have a relatively small circle of people you’ll actually speak to, won’t you? Unless you are insurmountably patient, you wouldn’t be able to be with someone else.

So, by now we reach the point of conclusion — neither absolute is good, and it’s a lie to say either is good. To never be honest is to silence your own inner-self, and to be fully honest is alienating. However, we must keep in perspective what needs to be said and what doesn’t. If you’re honest about how often you brush your teeth but lie about infidelity, then you are missing the picture entirely. Besides, who cares how many times you’ve brushed your teeth?

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