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Being truthful and being honest

From Psychology, I was often taught that, by the age of 5, almost every kid had lied about something (like who ate the cookie, who made a mess, etc.). From NPR TED Hour, I got the impression that we lie to ourselves for protection (better safe than sorry) and that some actually make lying a profession of theirs (illusionists & magicians). From friends, I got the impression that people lied so that others wouldn’t worry or to make things seem better than they actually are. 

If that’s the case, how truthful are people? From the class Self & Society, I was given the impression that there is no absolute truth, that there is only relative truth, where it is considered to be the truth so long as it benefitted someone. To go on a week without telling a single lie… Is that actually truly possible?

Raymond Reddignton from Blacklist said at the beginning of the series that, while speaking to Elizabeth Keen, he would never lie to her, but also that he would never tell her the whole truth. I wonder if honest people are like that, purposely giving partial answers to avoid having to explain everything or to simply avoid lying.  By giving partial answers, they would let the other party assume the wrong thing. Therefore, when they find out, the honest person would look like a liar, but isn’t in fact a liar. 

Jarvis from Agent Carter said that while he might never tell his wife the truth about his actions, that he would always be honest. In relationships, being truthful is a big thing, something that many consider to be the thing to hold the group together. But what if things don’t go as planned? Do you lie then, or do you maintain that honest profile and lead the other to the wrong assumptions? 

Being an honest person seems to be very different from being a truthful person. To be a truthful person seems to mean to explain everything and to not leave anything for assumption. To be an honest person seems to be someone of whom would not tell a lie, but also rarely (if not ever) tell the whole truth. 

Which are you?


S.H.I.E.L.D – Being inhuman and being different (Review) (Slight Spoilers)

Last month (May 12), the series “Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” finished its second season and is renewed for a third (fan girl squeal). A lot of things happened in the second season – hearts were broken, lives were lost, alliances broken and other formed, and some encountered something that they never thought to have existed.

As I watched the story of “inhumans” unroll, it reminded me about how the world tends to treat anything or anyone who is different than the rest. We might not be individuals who can manipulate the vibrations, see the future, or teleport regardless of being blind, but some of us have certain hairstyles/clothes/homes/hobbies/talents or even names that make us different than the rest. 

Some of us have a heated past with those who took advantage of those differences (Jiaying), while others have accepted these new differences and is working to making others feel accepted by the world (Skye), rather than to be outcasted. 

When the two fought, it’s a state of Mutually Assured Destruction… Until Cal jumps in and saves the day at the cost of his beloved wife. The heart ached, but it seemed like the only viable option to saving the world. Things might have been different if Jiaying’s view could be changed, but that was unlikely, given that she was stubborn like Skye. 

Regardless, whether to be an inhuman or to be simply different, it allows for the possibility to see the world a little differently. The past will always influence how the world is seen, but thinking out positive future possibilities might allow for the chance of cooperation rather than annihilation… Because we might see something that everyone else is overlooking. 

“There is only one path to peace – [The Avengers’] extinction” (Slight Spoilers)

After watching Avengers: Age of Ultron, I noticed something that a lot of movies seem to have in common.

“Every time someone times to stop a war before it starts, innocent people die. Every time.” Steve Rogers (Captain America)

When “enhanced people” surface, other individuals find ways to power up to compete with them, as if the power that they have now just isn’t enough. Some people are determined to protect those that they love, but at what cost?

Potentially, we could all turn to be a threat to someone else’s family, to someone else’s world. It just takes the wrong action or the wrong words. Because of that, Ultron might be justified in saying that the only path to peace is to remove the avengers, since they are a group of enhanced power (whether naturally or artificially).

Another interesting point is that Ultron is also right in a sense that people confuse “peace” with “quiet”. Much like the 20th century, there will be times of tension, but no war, or times of countries repairing the damage from the previous wars.

Right now, the world seems peaceful only because countries aren’t trying to kill each other… maybe that’s more of being quiet.

In any case, achieving peace has no perfect solution. Technically, we all have the potential to be monsters, to be killers. By working together to improve the world, we might be able to do just as the Captain says:

“This isn’t about beating Ultron, it’s about proving we’re not monsters.”

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