Truth is always bitter. Bitter medicine and food benefit the body.
Does being truthful benefit us?
This is a slippery thing... who's truth? Unless you want to get into the abstract world of absolute "Truths" I think you'll find truth can be, and often is, a subjective thing. Honesty in one's opinion is another matter. If it's regarding concern for another, sharing an honest opinion is an act of compassion regardless of its outcome. I, however, hedge from calling it a "truth". Being true to yourself is healthy, declaring "truth" for another may not be, but I don't think we can say it's always bitter.
I agree with Moon Lightened here. Exactly who's truth. Truth has many faces.Truth of what your parents raised you to believe, truth about the World in general, truth about a certain person's life.
If you are referring to being true to thyself, then that is by far the most beneficial thing you can do to yourself, or anyone for that matter.
Truth isn't always bitter.
Sometimes it is the truth precisely that brings us joy.
Like the truth of beauty within different things.
And sometimes it's just unnecessary to be blunt.
For instance, if a person dislikes someone. To tell the person they're not liked wouldn't do anything to benefit them, all that would happen is the person knows they're not liked by that one person.
I believe is your perception of the truth or your perception of the intention of the teller that is bitter. The truth can never be bitter because it can only benefit in the end.
The truth only hurts if you allow it to. Many people ask for the truth but don't want to hear it. They want to hear their perception or their version of what is true.
In order to accept the truth one has to be open minded and absorbent, more like a sponge, where you can absorb this information and put it to good use.
Yes being truthful benefits us IF we are able to self examine. Truth can hurt. It is how we process that truth that makes us better or worse.
Truth in no way should be bitter and if it is more than likely whomever the individual is, has grown to appreciate and respect living comfortably in lies. But hey who am I to knock them....to each his OWN!
P.S. In regards to truth benefitting "us"! It really benefits who it needs to. CiaO
Oops just read moons response....Might I add no one has "a truth" neither is truth designed or birthed from a specific tongue, it just is! and although most people pretend to not know truth, they do, and will be held responsible when in the know. There is no way of escaping it or fabricating it because it is more deadly when silent. btw Emerald I'm definitely cosigning to what you have said
To answer this with any accuracy you would have to give it context.
There are simple truths oftentimes even in complex subject matter. Then there are perceptions of what one believes to be the truth when it isn't as simple as it appears on the surface.
Look at one of today's big stories; “Remains of US troops being disposed in a landfill”. Sounds callus and horrible right?
The report says "Partial & Fragments" not the wanton disposal of whole remains.
When a bomb goes off and there are troops, or other people, on top of it there are going to be bits & pieces spread over an area. A finger here a hand or foot there and those pieces are going to be mangled, torn shreds not neat little bits removed by a surgeon, many are going to be nondescript lumps of flesh. In a single blast you might have hundreds if not thousands of bits & pieces. In many cases they are not all from group, there might be Iraqis and Americans riding or grouped together.
How practical is it to try to identify every lump? What good does it really do?
When they say "War is hell" they mean it literally!
The other thing that isn't really clear is if they are referring to fragments of cremated bodies?
In my youth I worked in a crematorium and I can tell you first hand that in most cases you do not get everything that is left in your urn.
We put all that would fit in the boxes but there are some things, like major bones, that don't completely turn to ashes.
Those leftovers are generally just buried en mass.
You are forgetting that many equally beneficial foods are sweet and some truths are better left unsaid.
Everyone has heard the saying "The truth hurts." I for one, have only heard this sentiment spewed during a contentious argument from someone who had the ability to push my buttons. Most likely someone who knew my inner thoughts and fears and used them against me to 'dispel truths.'
Most of the instances were upsetting to me, because I knew deep down no matter how far fetched their comments may sound, there was always some degree of truth to their statements.
Some times, these instances will propel me to greatness. Other times, I am in a dark place, unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The results, can and have, been rather disastrous.
So...Yes, I would say truth can be bitter.
Being truthful is always better. Being answerable is lot better than lying and getting laurels which is truly not yours.
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