Brutally Honest

Really? Honesty can be brutal?

It is my experience that those who endorse brutal honesty are hoping we'll all become just as rude as they are, so they don't stand out so much. After all, why should they have to learn manners just to fit in with all of us, what, gently honest people?


Honesty is not brutal. Honesty might be direct, it might even be painful. But pain is about the perception of the recipient, not the intent of the speaker. Some truths do indeed cause pain, which is why some truths change lives.

Brutality might also change lives, but there's probably a bigger market for truth.

Comments 2

  1. Shawn McCormick wrote:

    I really like this. Good stuff Joel!

    Posted 30 Mar 2010 at 1:14 pm
  2. Joel D Canfield wrote:

    Wow; I wish I'd seen this 4 1/2 years ago, Shawn. Thanks for dropping by. Us gentle folks need to stick together.

    Posted 01 Aug 2014 at 10:49 am

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