In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Truth or Dare.”
White or not, lies are simply untruths, no matter what. No in between. Gray is only a color when it comes to honesty. Either you ate that last sliver of pie or not. Either you cheated or not. Either you stole or not. Either you killed or not. So blatant, is it not, if you are guilty or innocent of such acts? Must we hire someone like Alan Dershowitz, Esq.?
We end up mincing words or saying it is all a matter of semantics when confronted to tell the truth. A simple admission with no qualifiers or modifiers is what honesty truly means. The phrase, “being too honest,” is mistaken for earnestness. As if adding any more to the truth, if you take the meaning literally, would make it that much more truthful. Instead, it borders on gossip or making excuses.
As for honesty being the best policy, I say yes to that for the sake of self-integrity. If there is only one rule to follow, I dare say, always be honest to yourself if to nobody else.