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Just Tell the Truth

Just Tell the Truth

  • June 15th, 2015
  • Cheryl McGirr
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We live in a society that seems to have forgotten how to tell the truth.

“If an offense come out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed.” – Thomas Hardy

Some folks think that truth is relative.  I tell you it is not.  If something happened, then it happened.  If it did not, it did not.  Pretending otherwise does not change the truth.  If the tree fell, it does not matter whether or not anyone heard it.  It fell.  Saying it did not fall because no one heard it does not make your statement true.

I was fortunate to grow up in a family where truth was paramount.  Mistakes and bad choices were often given mercy and grace.  Lying was not.  Lying had bad consequences in our household.  I’m glad that it did – it taught me early on that in life, lying anywhere usually has bad consequences as well.  You may get away with it for a little while, but when the truth catches up to you – there’s often hell to pay. 

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Most judges I know (and juries too!) can generally determine whether or not someone is lying.  And then good luck getting them to believe anything else you have to say.  I’ve been practicing law for over ten years now.  I’ve never seen a good outcome born from lies. 

So, tell the truth.  It all comes out in the end anyway. 

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