The problem with honesty
by Stan Faryna
As some of you know, I urgently seek book reviews on Amazon.com for my debut book, Francesco Augustine Bernadone as I compete for a finalist position for Amazon’s 2017 Storyteller contest. Over the years, I have given and received reviews on products, services and other things. This blog post serves for reflection on what makes a review, relevant, meaningful and useful.
Please don’t give me an honest book review. Be truthful, start a new conversation with me, and be an encouragement that I will take to my heart. Don’t be the problem. There’s too much misunderstanding, discouragement, indifference, envy, contempt, violence, pain and hate in the world. Let us endeavor not to add to it.
Lest we destroy the world, each other and our selves.
What is truth?
Truth is not just your or my view of the facts. It’s not just being honest and saying whatever flips off the tongue, pen or keyboard. Today, honesty suggests expressivity but speech itself is not the arbiter of what is right or wrong, beautiful or evil…
In fact, careless, quick and self-serving speech causes a lot of pain in this world.
We all know too well that kind of honesty that destroys marriages, friendships, families, teams, communities, nations…
Unlike a mere exercise of expression, Truth is inseparable from beauty, goodness, love, patience, kindness…
Truth is a two-way blessing, liberator and boon. Write that kind of review. Be that kind of reviewer.
All of the time it will take to write a truthful review (and truthful reviews take time to write with head and heart) is an investment that will receive a return on investment by ten times or more.
Truth is profitable but honesty will put you into debt and in the way of destruction.