Posted by anonymouse on:
Craig Ferguson has famously said,
"The three things you must ask yourself before you say anything, which are:
'Does this need to be said?'
'Does this need to be said by me?'
Does this need to be said by me now?'
Three f*%#ing marriages it took me to learn that.."
In the book, Lying, by Sissela Bok, there is, under the heading, Truthfulness at What Price?, the author says about 'white lies', "...it is fallacious to argue that all white lies are right because few are. As a result, those who undertake to tell white lies should look hard for alternatives."
She says that there are situations in which "..even those lies which would generally accepted as harmless are not needed....If the purpose (in any human interaction) is understood by both speaker and listener to be one of civility and support, the full truth in such cases is not called for."
And for those who believe they know what the real truth is, remember what Albert Einstein said..
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
This is where a mental shift might be useful and very much more important than concerning ourselves with the IDEA of 'truth.'
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come." Dalai Lama
Thanking Frans Hals for the painting of the Happy Couple!