So many people in this world live in moral ambiguity, a world of make-believe. Let me give you an example. There is a mattress company that separates itself from the competition by saying they have titanium springs. It they truly had titanium springs, the mattresses would be so high-priced no one would buy them. What they really use
is a titanium alloy that is supposed to add strength and resiliency to the mattress. Is it any better than a conventional steel spring? The other mattress companies don’t think so.
This is what I call a half-truth, and there are many products sold under this guise. You know about some of them, like the gas mileage touted by car manufacturers that don’t reach the reported miles per gallon when you are driving the car. What does this say about the credibility of the world we live in? What does it say about your credibility if you engage in half-truths? What does it say about depression?
If we have any moral bearings at all, we feel guilty when engaging in half-truths. Oh, there are excuses, such as, “The boss made me do it.” Or, “Everyone does it.” But deep inside we know we are not telling the whole truth, and that puts stress on the body, and stress is a major contributor to depression.
A big part of the healing of depression is that we live a life where we don’t need to make excuses, where we live a life we can be proud of, where unabashed truth is the moral guide we live under. We live a transparent life above-board – no excuses, no half-truths, no moral ambiguities, no hatred, and no deception. If you struggle with depression, live such a life and see the difference it makes.
I would welcome comments on the topic of this blog. I have not included complete lies in the business world, like the Ponzi schemes that have robbed investors of their lifetime savings. How can the perpetrators live with themselves?