Out of all of the virtues that is available to the human character, I prize honesty above all else. Let us start with the definition of honesty:
1. the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
3. freedom from deceit or fraud.
Although definition #2 states "truthfulness", I think it essential to discriminate two different types of honesty:
#1: Objective Honesty: Truthfulness. This implies admitting ignorance if one does not know truthfulness.
#2: Subjective Honesty: Sincerity. This implies that the communication of one's opinion, not necessarily truthfulness, is free from deceit or fraud.
Due to the majority of peoples' communications are based in subjective ideas such as emotions and opinions, Subjective Honesty is the most common type of honesty and will be the focus of this thread.
(I happen to value Objective Honesty over Subjective Honest, but that is just me being Subjectively Honest. )
To explain why I value honesty, I must start with the opposite of honesty, deceit, lies, and fraud:
A lie (also called prevarication), is a type of deception in the form of an untruthful statement, especially with the intention to deceive others.
People lie for many reasons, but the primary motive is fear of the consequences of telling the truth. We can all think of the cliche example of your friend asking you if they look fat when objectively, they are. Do you slip in a white lie to assuage their self esteem, or do you be brutally honest and tell them the opposite of what they want to hear?
Personally, like the undiplomatic prick I am, tell the brutal and honest truth. Why? My friend is hungry for my opinion, something that is free and easy to give. Not giving your opinion to someone who really wants it is the equivalent of having an infinite supply of food but not giving it to a starving man. It is, frankly, selfish.
"Hey! Telling a white lie is...selfish? WHAT?"
Yes. It is selfish. I do not see telling white lies, or any other type of lie, as a beneficial thing at all. When you are not honest, you deprive others of something that is very easy to produce. It is deception of the very worst kind, it is personal and a breach of trust. If someone likes you when you lie and do not like you when you are brutally honest, they were never your friend to begin with.
Do not think you are helping people when you tell lies, no matter how "white" they may seem. White is such a fucking fake color it makes me sick. White is the color of fraud, censorship, sterilization, false innocence and worst of all, insincere smiles. Nothing is pure in this world, opinions are markers of these imperfections, and they are what makes people be people. If you want convenient lies, go to your church or go to your congressman. If you want the truth, and nothing but the truth (so help me science ), then I am here.
"There are two types of secrets; those we keep from others, and those we keep from ourselves."
(As with all my thoughts, this thread will be constantly changing. It is only honest. )