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We've all heard the adage that "Honesty is the best policy".
The word "Honesty" in itself coincides with truth and goodness - it gives one a picture which is factual without any additions.
Your friend shows up to school wearing a horrible outfit and everyone is laughing at her. She has no idea whats wrong and she asks you to explain the joke to her. Do you lie to her and say that they were all crazy or would you explain that her outfit should be dumped into the trash?
The truth supposedly sets you free from all pretenses, but is blatant honesty apt at all times - even at the cost of hurting someone?
Lets look at a couple of instances:
Americal Idol judge Simon Cowell is famous for his brutal honesty - his words can reduce Pop-Star-Wannabes to tears. Why would he do something like that? The reason he gives is that many youngsters try to get into the music industry, attracted by all the glamour and money, but they have zero talent or charisma. Telling them that they were disastrous at the AI auditions may just be their wake-up call. They would be wiser when they come face to face with con-artists who can financially drain them.
Cowell has a good point, but It is easy to dish out criticism. One has to be on the receiving end of a critique to understand how it feels to be trashed by someone (even though it may be their honest opinion). A Diplomat's profession would have died out if criticism was so easy to digest.
Yet, at other times, some ppl are so thick-skinned that they do not understand subtler suggestions...they do need a good shock!
A particularly obnoxious person with an inflated ego (like Reggie from Archie Comics, for instance) needs to be ticked off to release some of that hot air.
Is honesty ALWAYS the best policy? Or is it ok to bend the truth a little at times?
What are your opinions on this?????
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nice topic Mystica!!!
I agree with Bas02 and smisha. Smisha said how sometimes telling the truth can hurt someones fellings, and she said that we have to becareful about how to say the truth, I agree with that. But sometimes there is a situation, where no matter how hard you try to put the truth in a way that the persons feeling wont get hurt, you just can't do it. In cases like that I think its okay to "bend the truth a little." But mostly i think sticking to the truth is better. So i think honesty is usually the best policy.
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