Wednesday, March 29, 2006

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"
- Abraham Lincoln

To be two-faced, of course, means to be hypocritical. In this case, it means to say one thing to one person and something quite diffeent to another.

Truthfulness is the cornerstone of trust. Without trust we are nothing more than common mammals that have learned to speak a gramattical language.

Telling the truth does not come naturally to every child. It must be taught, clearly and frequently, by parents. If truth is not taught by parents and the parents do not act in ways that demonstrate their own truthfulness, children come to believe that they can freely deceive anyone without consequences.

If parents teach their children to tell the truth, but demonstrate to them that they do not always tell the truth themselves, this causes anxiety in children. This kind of anxiety results in what we collectively call teenage angst, in the western world.

Teenage angst is not unique to the western world, but few parts of the world have it outside of North America and Western Europe.

This is where I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to provide you with the real facts of life, "truth in your face."
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