Will the Truth Really Set You Free?

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?


9 thoughts on “Will the Truth Really Set You Free?”

  1. This is certainly a dilemma that many people are faced with. Is it really that people are wanting to know to truth or that just want validation in their choices. When honesty is the best policy, is it really best to tell someone that they overcooked their turkey or other difficult situation. I would like to believe that I am an honest person, but I am always thinking of other’s feelings.
    I love your blog post. I does make you think, doesn’t it?

  2. Your blog post made me think. It’s not always easy, but I believe while an opinion may be one person’s truth. It is not really ‘the’ truth. Because everyone’s opinion is shaped by their perspective. I think you shouldn’t rely or accept someone else’s truth and opinions and apply them blindly to themselves. Yes hear it, consider it but determine your own truth.

  3. Great post! Very intriguing, also. Since I didn’t do yesterday’s assignment and I was a little unsure what I was suppose to do, I decided to check out what others had written. This is certainly one of those topics were you can go back and forth on since we can all have different perspective/motives on why we want or need to give/get the truth. As for me, I do try my best to give my honest opinions however I have come to learn that sometimes it may be good to ‘not be so honest’ to spare some ones feelings and/or personal conflict. I guess the giving your “honest opinion’ is tied to ‘treat others the way you want to be treated.’

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