74. The Danger of Half-Truths

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?

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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1 Response to 74. The Danger of Half-Truths

  1. Robert Farquhar says:

    I’m now thinking of the word “integrity”. That is to remain “whole”. This is certainly a challenge; however. life remains more satisfying (without stress and strain) when live whole-body, soul, and spirit.

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