A Dose of Sanity:
Our world is not designed to function with radical honesty. Lies are essential to keep the world from falling apart.
One may look at this thought and think that it is flawed in its premise and understanding of the human species, but in fact one only need to look closely… and honestly… at ones own existence to see the lies we perpetuate on a daily basis (not all of them bad) in order to just keep… progressing. Lies about ourselves, whom we are, where we came from, where we are going and the like. Lies to not hurt others, to make one feel more self important, build ones self up. Lies to better oneself, or perhaps better larger groups of people. Lies to calm, to ease the thoughts, and tensions of others (even if only done to bring people to a place to begin a conversation). The list of how we lie is endless.
Radical honesty is most often met with distain and a feeling of not understanding. It is seen as being cold, uncaring, unwilling to compromise or see others points of view. It is…misunderstood… in all its forms.
Radical honesty would say the world is full of lies, and that lies are often the foundation of truths. And radical honesty would also know that our species is one of a grand lack of real understanding of pretty well most everything, especially of ourselves and each other. Radical honesty would see, know and understand how scared we are as a creature, and how we (and our ability to “reason”), is our greatest triumph and our worst enemy.
But radical honesty generally desires the best for the planet… it is usual others that see this as not the case.
What is in a Word? Part Nineteen
Misunderstanding (loss of perspective) of thought
Words mean different things for/to different people, but most of the time in life when we communicate we seem to forget that as our communication focuses on the expression of the central ideas from the self. We loose our understanding when we forget to see things in the perspective of the idea that words mean much more then just what I, you or someone else may think them to mean.
Perspective is not a one way street focusing on you and your idea of all things.
Perspective is a worldview, a plethora of ideas and thoughts.
Forgetting this lays the groundwork for continued misunderstanding. Step outside the ego of the I and try to see what a word means to someone else.
A lesson in perspective opens ones eyes, mind and thoughts to the greater world that is out there… Think of all there is to discover, if only you would allow yourself the shot.
Sometimes don’t we all have our heads stuck up there (metaphorically of course), in some way? there is a comfort in burying your head in the sand. No stress, no tension, no having to think (too much)… the attraction to sticking ones head in the (….) is so appealing.
So what is wrong with that? Nothing. But don’t be surprised when someday someone comes knocking and challenges your (everything)…. you want your head up there? Okay, no problem, I respect that, but don’t be surprised when the challenge comes….