It seems really hard to come by the truth these days. Politicians spin the truth, the media substitutes opinion for news, and some colleges and universities restrict debate. I’d like to address this message to all those engaged in these activities, as well as anyone else who falls into this category. As they say, “If the shoe fits…” Let’s be truthful.
Why are you so afraid of the truth? Is your case so weak that you have to resort to dishonesty and deception?
We know you’d like to persuade us to your point of view. But if you show bias, exaggerate or misrepresent the truth, omit important facts, or bully us to accept your viewpoint, what do you expect us to think?
If you had a powerful argument you wouldn’t resort to dishonesty.
While deceit may help you win in the short term, the truth has a funny way of rising to the surface. And when it does, your credibility and reputation won’t be worth a dime. In fact, we’ll probably question everything else that you say in the future.
Facts don’t lie. People do.
When a person lies repeatedly, they earn a reputation as someone who can’t be trusted. If enough people within an organization prove to be dishonest, the institution’s reputation will be as good as mud. And if enough organizations within an industry appear disreputable, the whole industry can become tainted
Let’s Stop the Race to the Bottom
If you’re so sure that the truth is on your side, be objective, give us all the facts, share your assumptions, and let us draw our own conclusions. If your case is strong, we’ll see the light. Conversely, if your argument’s not compelling, stop pressuring us to agree with you.
You don’t earn trust and respect by showing bias, twisting the truth, or omitting key information; the truth never lies.
You don’t win a debate by suppressing information, limiting discussion, or restricting debate; you win it with a better argument.
It’s time to reject “business as usual” and advocate for the truth. You have more at stake than winning an argument. Your trust, respect, and credibility are on the line. How much is that worth? Everything! When you stand for the truth, everything you say carries the voice of credibility. When you prove to be dishonest, you’re not only disrespecting others, you’re letting yourself down. Let’s be truthful. Always tell the truth, or the truth will tell on you.
Follow your conscience. Sleep well.
How Truthful Are You?
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