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Don't let 'radical honesty' get in the way of compassion

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02.07.2019

Around the time of Trump’s inauguration, I began to crave honesty.

I hadn’t been a particularly dishonest person till that point – no secret second family, or double life as a middle-aged porn star, or dark past as a spy – but I’d been in relationships with unspoken resentments, or manipulation, or even outright lies. And, on the dating scene, everyone obfuscated and prevaricated so much, it was like we were all talking in code.

Don't let radical honesty get in the way of compassion.Credit:Stocksy

Now, in this era of fake news and alternative facts, I wanted to live with truth. I didn’t jump on the full Radical Honesty™ bandwagon – the practice of saying exactly what’s on your mind and telling the truth at all times – but I did really want to live an honest life. Surely honesty is the best policy? Surely the truth will set us free?

Well, according to Dr Simon Longstaff, executive director of the Ethics Centre, it is not quite that simple.

“Most people recognise that they are bound by a combination of values and principles,” he tells me.........

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