No this is not another civil or human rights post, although I like writing those as well.
Rather, this is about how we use our words to help and not hurt others.
Yes, we all know that it’s wrong to lie (it’s even in the 10 Commandments).
Except, of course, when we need to tell a “white lie” in order to keep someone’s feelings from getting hurt.
For example, I may not like your new haircut, but when you ask me glowingly what I think, instead of telling you how it’s too short or whatever, I tell you, “Yeah, it looks great!”
Then, there is the “black truth.”
That’s when we swallow hard and tell the truth to someone, even though it may hurt their feelings, it’s ultimately for their good.
For example, your child may be going of course with their lives, and while you don’t want to hurt their feelings, you know you need to tell them the truth in order to help them course-correct.
Telling lies or truth can be hurtful to people, but a white lie isn’t really bad, because it’s used to protect someone’s feeling, the black truth, is also not so dark and foreboding, because there are times when you need to get past the superficial, be real with someone, and tell them the hard truth in order to help them in a very practical sense.
That’s one of life’s most difficult lessons, that not everything is black or white. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)