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The Comfort of Kind Truth

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It is definitely time for “the whole truth, nothing but.” It is not time, now or ever, for brutal truth, half-truth, so-called truth, hidden truth, or any form other than one: kind truth. Kind truth is verified factual information, no matter how distressing, offered with a gentle, caring heart.

For too long now too much information has been misinformation, disinformation, distorted information, or straight out lies. Tricksters disguise untruth as they prey without remorse on vulnerable ones such as the poor, ill, or elderly.

There was a time when warriors only fought with weapons face to face and saw up close the person they would kill or would kill them. They lived the full truth of war. Now people can hide behind phone calls or texts and never have to look at the truth of their own deceptions and their impact on the lives of others. Attackers of the human soul aren’t forced to wash bloody hands of reality.

Without truth, trust erodes and chaos rushes in to fill the emptiness of broken moral foundations that once stabilized our interactions. There have always been deceivers and liars, but the proportion in numbers and the speed of their activities have been outpacing our ability to discern truth. All of us might be served by slowing........

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