Taking the Brutal out of Honesty

    Phrases like, “brutally honest,” and “truth hurts,” have become common clichés and we have heard it so much, we believe it. Being “brutally honest” has become somewhat of a compliment in our society. They are deemed a “straight shooter” or are admired for how well they “speak their mind.” Why is this trait considered desirable or a positive attribute? Do we really want everyone around us speaking what is truly on their minds? Richard J. Needham said, “People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty.” It’s a poignant truth. Think for a moment what it means to be “brutally honest.”