People think of unique things at 3:30 am. I was thinking about an issue with some of my friends, acquaintances, supervisors the other morning at 3:30 am because I was told I was too blunt with people. It occurred to me that Honesty like energy might follow some natural laws.
Wikipedia tells us: “The law of conservation of energy is an empirical law of physics. It states that the total amount of energy in an isolated system remains constant over time (is said to be conserved over time). A consequence of this law is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed from one state to another. The only thing that can happen to energy in a closed system is that it can change form, for instance chemical energy can become kinetic energy.”
I think this is true with Honesty. The total amount of Honesty remains constant in an isolated system over time.
For example, you probably know this intuitively. When you’re having lunch with your best friend, and they are talking about a bad relationship. Your friend is pouring their heart out in stark black and white. Do you blurt out – he’s a shit and you should leave him. No, you find ways to sympathize and empathize and help the person to bring what they just told you to full consciousness.
At work, you’re at a project meeting, and things haven’t been going well for the whole team – do you blurt out that it’s because there is no spec and the design is shoddy or do you conserve honesty and wait for someone else to mention it?
See, I think there only so much honesty in the world and as a result our progress as a speccies is hampered by the Law of Conservation of honesty.