Here’s a musing to take into the week for you.
Is being kind more important than being truthful?
I found myself in a discussion with a person who was adamant that the truth always comes first and this troubled me because there are occasions when insisting on the truth does not improve the situation but rather just brings a world of hurt and pain. For example a person lives with happy memories of a partner or family member but unbeknown to them that person betrayed them regularly before they passed. Is it not kinder to let the person live with their memories? The other has gone and the truth will not make an iota of difference. Can we let kindness prevail?
Yes, I know there are times when the truth is an absolute. It determines the future, It will become part of our history. It needs to be heard and all that is not true needs revealing. It will all make a difference, a real difference.
So, maybe there is a correlation between truth and kindness. Maybe we should assess what is the greater benefit in every situation. What is the saying? “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free”. But if it doesn’t? If it just imprisons in a world of pain?
Let me know your thoughts. Maybe you have insight I haven’t thought of.
Go thinking into this new week.