Policy of Truth

Am I supposed to tell you what I’m thinking
When what I’m thinking is a sin?
Am I supposed to be so very honest
When everything is caving in?
I have seen the price of honesty,
And no commandment not to lie;
Perhaps what I’m supposed to do
Is leave the truth of me to die.

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It should be noted that I am one who has, on occasion, blurted things out without properly weighing them first; and not as a result of any pressure, or what people told me I was “supposed” to do, but because I personally feel it is right to be truthful. It’s just not always smart.

6 thoughts on “Policy of Truth

  1. As regrettable as those moments of candor were, they did make diplomacy more of a consideration going forward, didn’t they? It’s a lesson Experience teaches all of us.

    Not lying so much, which is much more damaging to the interpersonal fabric than is unfettered honesty. Instead, omission v. commission.

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      1. That’s a good point, Rachel. As with so much else, it all comes down to confidence. Do you hold your tongue to preserve your mental peace, or somebody else’s? Nobody is 100% one way or the other, but the overall balance does tell a tale or two.

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        1. That’s a fine observation. Quite psychological, really. Though who’s to say my mental peace and other people’s are separate things? I am unsettled in other people’s anger, burdened by their despair. Thus, their preservation is mine.

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  2. No, it’s not always smart to be truthful. I’ve learned that painfully a bunch of times. I ask others to be honest and sometimes that honesty is turned towards them, which probably does not inspire them to be truthful in the future. But to me – being honest is not about saying the truth but also about being able to handle the consequences.

    Throughout my adult life, I’ve learned to sometimes withhold the full truth (put on a mask) and in the long run, I’ve always regretted it.

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