Is honesty always the best policy ?


Maleah Hill, Writer

Honesty is most often considered to be a necessity, one that is an essential part of building trust and creating a strong bond in relationships. However, there are some instances where being too honest can actually do more harm than good, in these cases, honesty can be considered “bad”.

One example when honesty could hurt someone’s feelings is if a friend asks how they look in a certain outfit, telling the full truth that they look terrible might not be the kindest or best thing to do. Yes while honesty is important, it’s also important to consider the impact of words on others. In situations like those, a little bit of a white lie or sugarcoating can go a long way in preserving the relationship.

Another example, is honesty may not always be the best policy in personal relationships, as being truthful about one’s feelings or intentions can cause emotional pain to others even if done with good intentions, and can lead to a loss of trust. If a friend confides in you about a sensitive topic, such as a mental health issue or a personal problem and you share it with others, even if you believe you’re being truthful it may not be appropriate to share this information with others even if you are asked about it directly even with good intentions.

It is also worth noting that honesty can sometimes be used as a weapon to hurt others rather than a tool to build trust. Being excessively blunt or straightforward can make others feel attacked or undermined and can ultimately lead to damage in relationships.

In conclusion, honesty is a very important necessity, but it is not always the best policy. There are times when being too honest can have negative consequences, and it’s important to consider the impact of our words on others. By balancing honesty with empathy and compassion, we can ensure that our honesty serves to build trust and strengthen relationships, rather than causing harm.