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To what extent can you keep speaking truth?

May 5, 2014

To the extent it doesn't prove or indicate that it can be fatal and the outcome can be tough to handle.

When the outcome is unknown or can't be predicted, are we willing enough to put truth to test to find out the result. My own experience says more often than not the outcome is sweet.

Or is it that before experimenting sincerely with truth, we come to a conclusion that it wouldn't be prudent enough and then we dilute truth with our own version of narration. In other words we lie. We escape. We remain happy and somehow come to the conclusion that the 'lie' saved us. 

But we enter a viscous cycle. We lie more. We think lying is perfectly okay and absolutely normal. It becomes a habit. I have seen people lying spontaneously without any guilt. 

Actually lying makes a person brittle from inside. Makes him weak and spineless. But it needs a higher intelligence to come to that understanding. And that's why many habitual liars never make an attempt to choose the path of truth.

My friend was walking on the road. He received a phone call and he answered the phone, "I am driving and cannot take your call." I was surprised. I asked him, "Why do you lie, when there is no reason for this?" He replied, "Big deal.... so what?" I observed this friend for a long time; over the years he hadn't progressed much in his life.

Habitual liars never make it big. They never climb the ladder of success in the long run. They fail to utilize opportunities in the long run. 

The reason is simple. In order to succeed you need to fight hard. This requires strength. Liars are brittle from inside... they can't fight and so fail to succeed. 

Truth gives strength to soul. It helps build a solid character - and with such character one can do anything and everything. 

Truth gives peace of mind. One can sleep peacefully and breathe deeply. 

Truth dispels fear - because you know you were truthful and on one can hurt you. That's trust. Practicing truth each and everyday teaches one to implement trust in life.

It is this trust that is sometimes placed on another person. At times the other person breaks this trust. The trust gets broken by the other person because he doesn't believe in truth and doesn't practice it. So an experienced person won't commit the mistake of applying truth on an unworthy person. This will otherwise result in bad and unpleasant results. Just speaking the truth itself is not enough - but one has to analyze and study in detail.

Dealing with people is a tricky affair - and one has to be pretty careful. More often than not experience comes to one's rescue - as to who should be trusted, and who shouldn't be trusted. Man learns through mistakes - mistakes that are so vital to ensure peace and happiness in the long run. 

I would conclude this by summarizing... It's good to tell the truth always but one should be careful and prudent enough to study the repercussions. Speak the truth using the right platform, the correct channel or medium and to the right person. Sometimes one has to be smart enough to manipulate with raw truth - when the situation demands, but one's heart should always remain in the right place. He should know that these occasions are very rare and he should immediately shift his thoughts from dishonesty to honesty.  Unless and until it is absolutely necessary one should cling on to truthfulness as much as he can. 

 

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