I love the idea of honesty. I love the idea of drumming it’s virtues into the minds of children. Yet I am married, very happily married, and I would like to see the light of another day. So what do I do should my wife come back from the hairdressers with an awful haircut, or even worse, returns from shopping with a dress that amplifies her already ample bum.
Mercifully my dear wife does not have an ample derriere. Her dress sense is excellent, and she has a consistently reliable hairdresser, but it does raise the dreaded spectre of honesty.
How can it be such a spectre when it underpins so much of out interactive behaviour, I hear some readers say, and how can it be so dreadful when it is such an admirable policy. My answer is as brief as it is simple, and I just only need two words.
What if we were to practice total honesty in all of our dealings with others, and what if we tried to do so over the course of a day, just think about it for a moment, it won’t take long before you start to lie!
After 35+years of public service within the service sector, and many years of happy marriage, I would say such a challenge is both impossible and insane, but for sheer fun I have created a small poll regarding this question.
Imagine you are married, and that for the sake of this poll, that you are a man; sorry ladies, some of us have to be. Your good lady has returned from the shop with a new dress that will soon be glued to her figure. She slips it on, and gives you a twirl. Then comes the dreaded question of “Does my bum look big in this?”
What would you say to her, and what would your everloving say in return!
The poll is not compulsory of course, but if you think you can be totally honest for one day with all around you, let me, and others who visit this site, know you you got on; I am very happy to be proved on. Be honest with your sleepy wife or partner in the morning, tell the train guard exactly what you think of an hour long standing only service, just try being genuinely open with your workmates, and, when you pay for your shopping at the supermarket, or for your restaurant meal of a nightime, be honest about the lousy service you have just received. I am sure the recipients of your honesty will be very appreciative, why they might even be honest in return. Have fun!
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