I posted this comment to a private Facebook group in a response to the posting of an article that justified, what it called, "brutal [-------]." Since it's a private group and a private response, I don't want to uncover any revealing information, so I'll censor it here a little. But here are some of my thoughts for the day.
I heard a little bit about "brutal honesty" on a somewhat recent episode of CBC's Ideas called "The Truth About Lying." .Here is is:
In it, one of the speakers advocates for "brutal honesty." She says it makes things clearer and makes things better in the end, even if it hurts. This isn't terrible. But my problems with it start when we justify our brutality in the name of a philosophy like "brutal honesty." I mean, if it wasn't negative, it wouldn't need to be brutal, would it?
Besides, our moods and opinions shift and change constantly. Why cause hurt and turmoil when it's likely that, once you're out from underneath the fluorescent lights or once you've eaten a food, you'll regret being so brutally honest? I don't formulate opinions quickly enough to be brutally honest. It would be a stupid thing for me to aspire to or advocate for.
I prefer to maintain relationships of peace, thank you very much.
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