Honesty

Too many people seem to think that if they don’t say something then it isn’t lying. If they are asked, “Did you break this?” or, “Did you forget to do that?” they too often don’t say anything: they do not commit themselves to the truth by saying “Yes,” if they did or “No,” if they didn’t. They pretend that they aren’t really being asked to be honest and confess. It’s understandable sometimes: if you are afraid of being yelled at and punished, or shamed and made to look like a fool when you have done something wrong, then it is very hard to confess: you don’t want to walk into pain. But to pretend you weren’t part of what happened by pretending you’re invisible, or that if you don’t say what you did then it won’t have happened, helps nothing, and makes the truth become dim, as though your silence was a fog.

Of course it would have been better to have not done the bad thing on purpose in the first place, or to ask forgiveness for the accident when it happened. But here is great danger when you make things dim! If you can’t see clearly, you make more mistakes, yes? So if you work at making other people think that you don’t need to be honest, or that it’s all right if you don’t tell the truth by not saying anything, then other people can make you live with their lies too. When you blur honesty by not speaking the truth aloud, you rob honesty of its strength. And there are many other people that are better than you at hiding the truth under lies. If honesty is blurred and buried under lies, it smothers and dies until you cannot trust anything or anyone, not even your self. And you started this by not being honest. 

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