Years ago, as I was starting a new job, my boss was introducing me around and told me not to trust a certain person and that if that person told me the time of day to check the clock.
“Well,” I responded, “Isn’t even a stopped clock right twice a day?”
I felt it only fair to give this person a chance recognizing that there may have been personal issues between them.
I submit that it’s human nature to slant the truth in one’s favor. There’s your side, my side, and then there’s the truth. While most of us don’t do this intentionally, some do.
Take politics for example. Campaigns are filled with half-truths, part truths, and outright mistruths. Words and rhetoric become heated and hyperbolic.
Playground etiquette rules. I can say whatever I want, but if you do you hurt my feelings.
You are mean. I am a victim of your vitriol. After all, can’t I say what I feel and believe? This is America. I have a right to express my beliefs. I don’t have to apologize, but you do, and if you don’t I’ll vigorously defend against your insults because whatever I said/did it was wrong of you to react the way that you did.
Words are powerful. They can hurt, defame and wrongfully influence others. Words can also be beautiful and elegant. They can empower, teach and unite us as well.
I only wish politicians would get off the playground this campaign season and use their intellect in more meaningful ways to distinguish themselves and tell us why they should get our vote.
By the way, the distrusted colleague and I are friends. I still catch myself checking the clock at times though.
The power of words.