“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Trust me, as someone who gets to smell a lot of cow dung, I can smell bullsh*t (BS) a mile off.
I don’t know if there’s an actual definition of BS — I’ve not bothered to look it up — but it reaks of lies, intolerance, a faux reality and a solipsistic view of the world.
And it’s everywhere:
and even in our homes.
What do we do to ameliorate or combat it or the underlying message? Not much. Sure, we might have a private conversation or one where we can’t be misquoted on social media, but mostly we stuff down our rage and move on.
What if, instead, we started to speak our truth in a compassionate, thoughtful way?
I put it that way because too often I’ve seen the person attacked and not the BS, and it ends up being a war of words or worse still.
This isn’t to say we should hold back completely and not show emotion but we need to be careful, particularly when we start calling people liars, fraudsters or dumbass MFs!
Does this mean we might put ourselves in harm’s way? Possibly, but then again, the cost of benign indifference may lead to greater, long term damage.
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