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Is it always better to know the truth, even when it hurts? Or is ignorance bliss? Or are they both true some of the time?Bonus twist: how does your opinion on truth jive with your opinion of wikileaks?Photo double twist: Take a picture of a thing that expresses a truth.
In many cases, I believe it is better to know the truth. However, if you think someone loves you as a dear friend, and they merely tolerate your existence, I am less than certain if it is better to know the truth. On the one hand it would hurt like heck to know they really don’t value you and the friendship. On the other hand, it would be better to move on in that instance, shake the dust from your feet, and head to knew and real friendships. If someone thinks I am ugly, plain, fat, stupid, boring, a bad dresser, or various things like that, I would rather NOT know. Often, people will say something insulting, and then follow it up with “Why are you taking it so personally, I’m just trying to help you”….’Yeh, right!?!’.
In the case of wiki leaks, I do NOT think it is a good thing they have released all of that information. If 9/11 taught us anything it should have taught us the importance of plain old good spying. Perhaps it could have been avoided. Obviously we will never know about that. But regarding information that can threaten the safety of our citizens, it shouldn’t be leaked. There is a fine line between having an open society and having a reckless society. The challenge is to find that balance.