“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein
Do you agree?
Generalizations are dangerous. I don’t think “everybody” loses their common sense because of too much information. I think the problem resides in the common sense of the people, not in the information they receive. People with common sense will look for good information and people with no common sense will be negatively influenced by all kind of pernicious communication.
From Gertrude Stein’s time to ours the world of information have changed dramatically. We live in a world of instant news available at our fingertips whenever we want them, of data sharing worldwide, easy communications…, and easy spying too. And despite so, there is a lot of misinformation, lack of press freedom and civil rights in so many places, and secrecy in so many others, interests, money, power…, so it’s difficult to know the whole truth about what’s going on.
On the other hand, there is available in the social networks material that people with no common sense, would use to easily feed their madness: From simple fantasies to despicable or criminal actions, like to abuse children, join a hate group or even a terrorist organisation as we have seen lately.
Is it possible to be too honest, or is honesty always the best policy?
Lies, even good intended ones, can be a source of a lot of confusion and suffering. At the end the truth prevails anyway. Is better to be always honest. No matter the consequences. My Mom had to endure prison and persecution because she was honest telling that she believed in God and insisting in going openly to the church in a communist regime. She told us that, that way, at the end, everybody respected her because of her coherence. It was hard but worth it, she said. She taught us to be always honest and tell the truth.
When I was young they said I was too sensitive. Once I had to pass a very important exam and I was studying hard. My older sister was pregnant, and the day before I had to take the exam, she had her baby, but after a few hours the baby died. They decided not to tell me about it that night and wait after the exam, afraid of my reaction. But I found out about what happened in the library. A common friend told me. And that was far more traumatic for me. From that day I told them never ever do that to me again. I want the truth immediately always. No matter how hard it is. And that works nicely in my family.
Every time I have been in situations when people tried to “camouflage” the truth the result was a lot of confusion misunderstanding, anger, distrust. Honesty is not always easy but is the only way to understand each other and to build trust.
In my work as a journalist honesty is basic. If you’re honest you can build trust among your sources and your readers. And most importantly you can do your job: tell the truth about what’s going on and you’re reporting about. Maybe without honesty you can find a faster way to success, but it would be a temporary and unjust success, not worth it.
Daily Prompt: Truth or Dare.
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