How To Tell The Truth

Often I feel like I’m censoring myself, and this is a problem because censorship is not exactly conducive to great communication. At its best, the truth comes out clear, pointed, and direct. At worst it comes out insensitive, rude, and clearly for my own amusement. More often it comes out somewhere in between, dancing around the inoffensive and the somewhat vague notion of any worthwhile conclusions.

Truth is the art of poetry and the science of comedy.

There are so many ways to tell the truth ineffectively. There are truths that don’t matter, truths with bad timing, truths that get people imprisoned or killed.

Nietzsche said, “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” Often people don’t want to tell the truth because they don’t want the title of Destroyer of Illusions. The avenues of poetry and comedy give us some indication of how to tell the truth in a way that it can actually be heard.

As a way of purging any of my inclination of untruths, half-truths, or post-truths here are 10 of the most controversial things I could think of in 10 minutes:

  1. Women are beautiful partly because we are weak. Without the seperation of power between men and women, women would have never had the opportunity to develop power through beauty.
  2. Men have the capacity to be the most violent creatures on earth, and that’s why women love them.
  3. The parts of gender that are a socially constructed today, are the parts that will be genetically engineered tomorrow.
  4. Atheists are right about so many things, everything they’re wrong about is religion.
  5. Some things you can measure don’t exist, other things you could never measure obviously do.
  6. If the poor were ever honest about their vices they might have to stop enabling us.
  7. It’s a lot easier to wrap your identity around your poor choices than it is to start making better choices.
  8. The only thing I regret are my mistakes.
  9. Those who want more freedoms know it comes with extra responsibilities. Those who try to sell their freedoms think the trade works both ways.
  10. If you were to tell the truth, you would be found out.