… the truth will set you free

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 NIV – Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ – Bible Gateway)


„Courage is knowing it might hurt and doing it anyway. Stupidity is the same. And that’s why life is hard.” – Jeremy Goldberg


Perhaps, what we need more that courage, is strategies for dealing with the underlying fear – ways to de-risk our lives, improve our competence, and reduce the impact that negative emotions have on us. Such strategies, not only reduce the fear, boosting the likelihood you will take action, but significantly increase your chances of success. (The Courage Myth – why “feeling the fear and doing it anyway” is generally a stupid idea | LinkedIn)


„I trust I make myself obscure.” – Sir Thomas More

Does the truth really set you free? Sure, if you tell the truth, you feel liberated, you feel a boost, you enjoy the moment. But are you, really, free?

I think there are a lot of nuances. There are instances in which saying the truth will bring good results, will make people happy, will change things for the better, will improve things.

But you can say, for example, a mean thing, which, even if true, might have better been left unsaid.

I like journalists’ courage in asking tough questions, in being open, and having guts.

But I wouldn’t apply this courage to everything in life. Sometimes, a bit of fear is fine.

Sure, if you say the truth, you’ll feel good about that. But, at times, others might not feel good.

I don’t believe in 100% truth. I mean, mathematically, sure one thing is 0 or 100, but, in life, sometimes you can omit some truths.

(about people) „We are not things!” (Mad Max, 2015).

Life is not only mathematics, binary, zero and one, plus and minus. It can be all that, but there’s more to it.

It’s a bit of fog, an unexpected fractal, a surprise division or multiplication, a „++” where a „-” should be, a 93 instead of a zero, an alphabet instead of a Greek letter.

I like to be open, sometimes I’m a negative person, I criticize. I tend to do so because it’s part of the truth.

Some people tend to be demotivated by this, I’ve certainly lost sales pitches due to this, but I prefer to still do so.

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