A ten-year-old boy stands unassumingly on stage in front of the “Britain’s Got Talent” judges. First, he’s asked common questions such as his name and age. Then, the bombshell response to the question, “Are you confident about winning the competition?” With honesty written all over the boy’s face, he says, “No!” The audience erupts with surprising laughter, and the female judge responds, “That’s not the correct answer.”
Pretend. Pretend. Pretend.
Put on a show.
That’s our social programming and our expectation of others. Therefore, when honesty is displayed, we express amazement and foolish counsel, saying, “That’s not the correct answer.”
Why can we not affirm by saying, “Bravo! Thanks for your honesty.”