What is the truth?
To hell with truth! As the history of the world proves, the truth has bearing on anything. It’s irrelevant and immaterial as the lawyers say. The life of a pipe dream is what gives life to the world misbegotten madslot of us drunk or sober—Eugene O’Neill says in the Iceman comet.
“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way” counter Emile Zole.
Truth is relative. Why do we have to speak the truth at all, even here we are talking about evidence based truth. For being caught telling a lie comes with a huge price tag. Called the loss of credibility.
When there is evidence based truth and an intangible truth with dilemma. I would recommend go with your gut instinct. For if you can tell the truth to yourself it is easier to tell the truth to others. Truth hurts is a favourite idiom, truth is harsh is another pearl of wisdom, but the truth can be told with lot of kindness. One way to achieve it is take a minute to respond, so that you can frame your words properly.
But there are some things that we really need to take care of that we don’t land up being or using covers remember the Asterix story where they go to meet the Roman officer who is in a meeting. When asterisx and Obelix in their own polite way barge into his office they find him snoozing. These are real falsehood.
Falsehood, lies, untruth are not acceptable. But not really saying the truth is debatable. The shade is very subtle.
Let’s try this exercise for the month of June.
- We do not lie, not even an itsy-bitsy white lie
- When we flatter in our commitment we pull out a currency bill and get inspired by Gandhi.
- We take that frame-up time before we actually vocalize our thoughts.
EMILY DICKINSON, Tell all the Truth but tell it slant-