Honesty

19 Jul

Honesty is very underrated.  The really honest person will constantly be saying, “I don’t know.”  This is not socially rewarded in most contexts, but it is certainly honest.  My experience is that reliably calm honesty often comes to be valued and respected, although I have yet to see it loved.

If you admit something is important and you admit to not knowing it as well as you’d like, then you’re probably on your way to asking interesting questions and making discoveries.  It’s that simple.  Honesty also helps to spare one from magical thinking.  I don’t believe in callous or cruel honesty.  If someone perceives calm and relevant honesty as cruel, then the problem is with them.

It only seems more complicated than that because we have very few deeply honest people around, and the less honest ones are constantly scrambling to rationalize their own nonsense.  The honest ones rarely end up in power.  People learn to disguise and change their feelings because political concerns condition them to not step out of line.  2+2 = 5.  It’s safer that way.

Deception is an infection which will eventually spread throughout the infected host.  Once a deception is swallowed, the entire picture has been thrown off.  Some questions are already disallowed.  Blocks and inconsistencies fester deep within.  The retina herself is injured.  Wishful thinking has been set as a precedent.  If it was OK once, then why not keep using it?  The thing about deception is that it has to ultimately forbid certain questions and statements.  If it doesn’t forbid them, then it has to change their meaning by making cuts elsewhere.  Truth doesn’t.

Another common misunderstanding is that truth is all about what is popularly believed, practiced, or valued.  For example, “Philosophy isn’t popular, so it must not be great!”  It may well be true that philosophy is not popular, but it does not follow that it is without value.  This conformist mindset is insidious with its circular logic and lack of autonomy.

Once dependence on wishful thinking has been laid in, the person may become an emotional and intellectual cripple who feels they can’t handle a straight look at their own situation.  The lies have established themselves, and they perpetuate a subtle indignity.  Pieces of wood are placed atop a flimsy foundation of cards.  It’s saying, “Reality is too strong for you/me.  Let me remake your/my eyes, poor one.”

Truth can be calm, and it’s very suspicious when it isn’t.  Those who feel the need to habitually shout or berate with ‘truth’ are probably not all that honest.

Honesty is necessary for realism and sound development.  Need more be said?

 

 

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