Why I Wouldn’t Use the Truth Serum

If truth serum or a potion existed that could help encourage people to tell the truth, I still wouldn’t use it or want someone else to use it either.

If you can’t tell me the truth yourself, that is something you need to work on. If you need an outside substance to encourage you to tell me or anyone the truth, that is a problem.

I do understand how hard it is to be honest. On my blog I have shared with you a lot of difficult and emotionally filled truths involving my life. Ranging from depression to what is currently going on in my life. It isn’t easy, but I have always tried my best to be honest to my readers.

I know why we feel the compulsion to lie to each other. We are afraid of being taken advantage of, we are afraid of hurting someone, we are afraid of someone hurting us, we are afraid of the consequences, we are afraid of being judged; we are just generally afraid.

Telling the truth about our thoughts, emotions, etc. today is so easy (somewhat) to do, with instant consequences. We can post our own feelings and ideas on the internet, anonymously if we want to, and people will automatically respond. Now sometimes it will be a kind response, other times it could be hate filled. It all depends on the topic being discussed, if hot button topics like religion or politics there is a higher chance that the comment will be nasty or filled with hate. People should be able to disagree and be honest without wanting to kill each other or resort to being nasty (that is a topic for another day though).

but wait

I can imagine you pulling this face, hold on, I’m not finished.

I have an idea of what you are thinking. “They are just being honest about how they feel, both the original poster and the person responding to said post.” You are right, but you can still be courteous while being honest.

Here is an example with a topic that isn’t as potentially explosive as politics or religion.

Let us say a girl is trying on a dress. The dress enhances all her flaws and doesn’t look good on her. In fact it doesn’t maker her look pretty at all. Which response would you give?

A.) You look ugly in that dress.

or

B.) That dress does not flatter you.

B would be (haha sorry) the better answer a majority of the time unless that individual has strong self esteem and you have such an amazing friendship that if you said this to her she wouldn’t flip you off, but say “yeah good point.”

Since sometimes trying to figure out a way with being honest with them without hurting their feelings is difficult or impossible, sometimes we have to be honest.  Unfortunately being honest comes with just as many complications as lying does. When it comes to some people they can’t handle the truth.

The stronger person is an honest one though. The more you tell the truth and face the truth, the better you will be character wise. I wouldn’t want to use Truth Serum on friends, family, or even strangers. It is not my job or this serum’s job for them to tell the truth, it is their job.

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One thought on “Why I Wouldn’t Use the Truth Serum

  1. Meg

    I wouldn’t want 100% uncensored thoughts either — I usually lie to avoid hurting feelings (“I’d love to come to your 3-hour interpretive dance on the life cycle of a frog, but I’m going to be out of town that weekend!” or “This is delicious! I’m just so full right now!”). There’s no reason to be awful and hurtful!

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