Today’s assignment on the Blogging 101 Forum was to formulate a blog post based on today’s daily prompt (an idea on WordPress to help you battle writer’s block). Today’s prompt was the following:
You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?
I thought about this for a while and while it is an enticing proposition, but do I really want to know the deep dark truths that lie beneath the societal niceties that we all accept?
First off, what is truth? Well according to definition, truth is real facts about something. The sky is blue. The boiling point of water is 100 degrees celsius (212 degrees farenheit). George Clooney is now married to Amal Alamuddin (yeah, I’m real upset about it too, but unfortunately it is a fact, hence the truth). These are facts that can not be debated, and most people won’t. We accept them as facts, therefore the truth.
The thing is, I don’t think most people are looking for the truth, but rather “honest opinion”. An honest opinion is really just someone’s point of view, unfettered, unadulterated, straight up honesty on how they perceive a situation, event, item, or action. Honest opinion is what that person thinks or feels about a certain topic. But the question remains, how does that information affect your actions or choices?
How will it help me to know if someone really does think look fat in this skirt, if they think I’m too opinionated, or if they don’t approve of my behavior, lifestyle or choice of shoe? Should that person’s opinion influence the rest of my choices? And more importantly, why does that person feel that they could not be honest with giving me their opinion in the first place? I like to think that I am honest and forthcoming most of the time, I hope people feel they can reciprocate that honesty.
Do you always give your honest opinion or do you hold back to spare someones feelings or a potential conflict?