Free Yourself With Honesty
Truth is power. Power is freedom. So logically, if you are honest with yourself and others, you will eventually gain freedom.
This is true, but there’s more to it than that.
Suppose you are always an honest person. You never tell a lie, you never deceive anyone. You are always real with yourself. This can go one of two ways: you will either gain power, or lose power. Let me explain.
If you are always honest, even in the face of the most difficult questions, it is very easy to give power to other people. If your girlfriend asks you if she looks fat, and you say yes, you have given her the power. Because now you’re a jerk in her eyes, and the burden is on you to prove otherwise.
But if you are honest with yourself, and decide that being honest with your girlfriend may be a bad idea, then the power is now in your favor, because you’re the good guy. As long as you’re not a shitty liar.
How does this translate to freedom, you ask? Don’t worry, I’m getting to it.
We all know the quote from Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” It is easily one of the most recognizable quotes in all of pop culture.
When you are honest with yourself and others, you will gain power (as long as you use your honesty to your advantage). Use this power responsibly, and the world is yours.
Once you have the power of truth, you can do pretty much anything. People will appreciate you for being honest, and will be willing to do favors for you. I’m not saying to use people for favors, what I’m saying is that if you maintain a good, honest relationship with someone, then that person will help you when the need for help arises. This is very important and useful, as all people in your life are there for a purpose.
The second aspect of freedom lies with yourself.
When you are entirely, and completely honest with yourself, you will become truly free. Once you understand yourself, you can use this to your advantage. By being honest and understanding yourself, you can play to your strengths. Playing to your strengths will allow you to shine and succeed in ways you never thought you could.
To kind of sum all of this up, you need to remember one simple thing: sometimes, the most honest thing you can do is tell a lie.