Honesty as Our Default

“How rotten and fraudulent when people say they intend to ‘give it to you straight.’ What are you up to, dear friend? It shouldn’t need your announcement, but be readily seen, as of written on your forehead, heard in the ring of your voice, a flash in your eyes – just as the beloved sees it all in the lover’s glance. In short, the straight forward and good person should be like a smelly goat – you know when they are in the room with you.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.15

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