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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Radical Honesty Defined

BRAD BLANTON, Founder of a movement called Radical Honesty, states that it is important to live without lies.

Radical Honesty is based on a simple premise: that everyone would be happier if we just stopped lying, if we just told the truth, all the time. That would be radical in itself. He says we should toss out all the filters between our brains and our mouths. If you think it, say it. To him, it’s the only path to true relationships, the only way to break through today's soul-deadening alienation.

However, deceit makes our world go round. Without lies, marriages would crumble, workers would be fired, egos would be shattered, governments would collapse.

Perhaps there’s something to it.

There is however, a fine line between Radical Honesty and creepiness. It’s simple logic: Men think about sex every three minutes, as the scientists at Redbook remind us. If you speak whatever’s on your mind, you’ll be talking about sex every three minutes.

Nevertheless, Radical Honesty can save a whole lot of time.

Whenever I am radically honest, people become radically honest themselves. It comes right back at you.

A life of Radical Honesty is filled with a hundred confrontations every day. They’re small, but relentless. “Yes, I’ll come to your office, but I resent you for making me travel.” “I should invite you to this meeting, although it wouldn’t have occurred to me to do so.”

Of course, there's a certain response to this radical honesty, that has to do with a group of 'four letter words'. And that response too, is 'radically honest'.

I hope to be kicked to death by grasshoppers if it ain't the truth.

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