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Daily Lift #866

Admit The Truth

When you speak to others, admit the truth when they are right.

People often deny the truth because they are afraid that others will look down at them if they admit making a mistake. But in fact, most people will respect you more when they see that you have the moral courage to admit when you are wrong.

(see Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler - Michtav MaiEliyahu, vol.4, pp.244-5; Rabbi Pliskin's "Consulting the Wise")

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) mysteries, May 12, 2010 8:52 PM

Sadly many people feel they have the advantage over someone else if a mistake is admitted. It rushes to their emotions and they translate that into action that can be demeaning to the one who admits the fault. Being simple works in very limited places. Most situations either in a social context or in a survival with nature context require smartness, appropriate knowledge, quick wittedness, strategy and arrangement. There are those who will recognise that the person can identify their own faults and take this as a positive trait. Scientific truth is near to infallible. In a working context yes and no, right and wrong are logical and help smooth the process for the tasks to continue. Everyone's morality on a whole range of ethical subjects is questionable and subjective. Being wrong is not a big deal; strangely learning is advanced through apparent mistakes. Getting people's respect is not an achievable or wise objective. Respecting oneself and trying to respect others is an honourable duty. (i.e. one has done their bit regardless of others)

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