© Author: Saurav Singh Rathore 2017
The idea of telling the truth in all situations is increasingly doubted by many in today’s world. Many believe that telling the truth is not always the best policy when dealing with different kinds of people. Moreover, the line of people who always speak the truth is becoming shorter every second.
We all understand that often the truth is offending and may not be a very nice thing to both hear or say.
Lies often have their advantages.
How many times have we heard that some product is “the finest” or “the cheapest”? How many times have we heard that products have such and such “magical functions”? Advertising is about persuasion, and many would agree that if a company is to tell the absolute truth about its products, no one would be interested in even having a look at the products. The same logic applies to human relationships too.
Okay, you think you can speak the truth, every time? Well, I’ll give you a situation.
Let’s say your friend had worn a newly purchased dress on her birthday and energetically asked you if it was worth a buy. Would you freely express your opinion that you had never seen a boring dress as the one she’s currently wearing? Of course, she likes it.
Will you spoil her birthday? Certainly no (unless you’re a jerk).
It is better not to tell someone serious facts that can possibly discourage them from attempting something new, the next time.
It is not always wise to tell someone his or her faults or defects directly. By doing so, you might feel good about telling the truth, but it could hurt the people who will listen. It is natural that people make mistakes and not everyone is perfect. Despite those shortcomings, we live together by understanding each other and tolerate those errors as we could be the one who makes the same mistakes next time. By being pointed out, we might hate the person who criticizes us rather than being thankful or correcting those.
Hiding(entirely or practically) the truth in some situations can be quite handy indeed. Confrontations and disputes can seemingly be avoided. However, there is always the risk factor of the truth emerging sooner or later when telling a lie.
The basic trust in any relationships will be blotched if your lie is caught, and would have an impact on the future relationship between both parties. The story of the “the boy who cried wolf” fully illustrates the consequences of telling untruths. No one will believe you when you’re telling the truth. Your words will lose their value, their
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Untruths bring in pain in both the parties in a relationship: tears when the truth is uncovered after a period of time; fear and the burden of sharing a “secret”. In the long run, it seems that hiding the truth is not beneficial to either party. Everyone hates betrayal. Even if it is the trend to occasionally hide the truth in relationships, it is strongly recommended that not to follow that trend as the risk and the consequences of the truth unfolded overwhelms the minimal advantages one can derive from not telling the truth.
After all, it is understood that relationships are founded on “trust” which goes hand in hand with “truth”. Indeed, telling the truth is the most important consideration in any relationship between people. Always.
© Author: Saurav Singh Rathore 2017
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