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Dyed All Hues

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If someone you knew was a pathological truth-teller; how would you react to this person?

Most of you have probably hear the term "pathological liar", meaning they lie all the time, from dusk til dawn. We all lie though, but too much lies can ruin any relationship. If there was no lies, but pure truth 24/7 360days a year for the rest of that persons' life, how would you react to this person?

Some have argued with me that we need lies to live for example, 'your best friends mother on her death bed asks you where her son is, and you couldn't tell her that her son has just died on an air plane that blew up just before landing, so you lie and tell her that his flight was cancelled and he says he loves you very much and you fill in the blanks with fond memories....now let's change that situation a bit....

Your best friend mother on her death bed asks for her son, but you know he just died on that exploding plane, so you give her the low down and tell her that his flight didn't make it here because his plane blew up, though he really loves you and he told me this before we got off the phone.

Two scenarios, both end the same, she passes away, but the details may be different depending on the individual.

A pathological truth-teller doesn't blurt things out though, like if they see something/someone they hate, they won't go I hate that thing over there and then proceed to tell the thing or person they hate it/them, though if they were asked to give an opinion they would tell the truth.

If you asked this person a question, they would answer you extremely truthfully and at times it might even seem offensive. For instance, you ask them "do I look good in this" and the pathological truth-teller says "it looks hideous on you, but you already tried all the clothes in this store and they all don't look good on you, so let's go to a store with a different style?".

How would you react to this person?

Update: This is a scenario of a world with pathological truth tellers.



Closing Statement from Dyed All Hues

All I could think of is "thank you for participating and hope the remnance of this discussion will shed light upon your life", though this topic is far from reaching any type of consensus; we can all strive to respect one another and live earnestly and honestly.

May you take positive leaps and bounds in your life.

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  • Jun 29 2012: This reminds me of a "Would you rather" question - would you rather be able to be invisible or be able to read people's minds?
    Could I "handle the truth" from reading people's minds? As a teenager, I don't think I could, but I'd value the total honesty from being able to do so if I could now.
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      Jun 29 2012: Sometimes, the most childish and elementary questions are the most pure, potent, and impactful. I grew up with parents that said I questioned too much, and other adults during my academic years also told me I asked too many questions. Now I still ask too many questions regardless what some people say, though I ask it at a more timely manner now. =)
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      Jun 29 2012: I have learned from one of my high school teachers that all you need is to ask the right questions, and in my english class in college I learned how to ask these hard questions. =)
      • Jun 29 2012: I bet you'd be a great Socratic Dialogue type of teacher, Derek.
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          Jun 29 2012: Ah, shucks. Never had anyone told me that before. Thanks Jim! =)

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