Is Honesty The Best Policy?

opinions“Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all of the time.” – Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto


As a society, we have an overwhelming need to share every thought we have whenever we can. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all of us in every moment, but more often than not, we find ourselves in the midst of heartfelt (if not too detailed) confessions of opinions and feelings that sometimes have no business being expressed out loud.

It sounds silly and completely un-American, but I truly believe that some things are better left unsaid, that some disclosures aren’t worth the risk of hurt feelings or lost friendships. In fact, our world would completely fall apart as we know it if we were to share every negative feeling we experience or every little thing that bothers us.

Perhaps our desire to overshare these feelings stems from pop culture. As products of the romantic comedy genre, we know that our favorite characters are rewarded for their honest, emotional outbursts. We also witness honesty at its worst when watching reality television, as cast members “stop being polite and start getting real.”

I would never encourage people to bury their feelings or keep quiet in every situation, but I would suggest that we learn to choose our battles wisely. Let’s learn to speak up when it really means something, and not when our words are only going to make the situation worse.

4 Replies to “Is Honesty The Best Policy?”

  1. This is so true. It’s really a struggle a lot of the time to remember that discretion is generally the best route, that information doesn’t need to come out all at once, like delivering an awkward word vomit baby all over a perfectly decent conversation.

  2. SOOOOOOO true and I am absolutely guilty of it! there’s something about sounding like you are NOT a raving imbecile that is just so wonderful. realistically though, we all need to pipe down, including me 🙂

    1. Hahahaha there’s definitely something to be said about sounding like you are not a raving imbecile! I think we’re all guilty of it from time to time haha 🙂

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