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HONESTY AND OPENNESS

Honesty and openness are at the core of society. Think for a moment: How do you really feel at this moment? Can you honestly and openly share it - even with your closest family or friends? Do you really know your boss, your neighbour, your teenage son? Do they  know the real you?

It is said that 'we are as sick as our secrets'. What would society be like if there were no secrets from one another? I am healthy to the extent that I am open to sharing all parts of my life with nothing held back. This requires creating environments where people can share safely. Yet, when it does happen, a whole new world of caring and brotherhood opens up for a society, and the impact on others is profound. When people are able to share their vulnerability (e.g. in the area of sexuality) doors are opened that have perhaps been closed for years. How free have homosexuals been in the past to 'come out'? What kind of society prevented them from doing so?

I have been reflecting on this as a result of the recent election. How much do we really know about Trump or Clinton? A heading in one of our newpapers this morning states "Trump is a despicable bigot, a bully, a braggart, a sleazy, thin-skinned egoist".  At least he is honest and open about what he thinks about people and events. He speaks his mind. People know who they are voting for.

What do we really know about our politicians in general? How honest and open are they? And how does this affect the society they are creating?

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I very much doubt that we know the real Trump
he is a showman, a sales man, a manipulator
he says what his target wants to hear
he says what will close the deal

this election has been all about closing the deal
he played his audience at his rallies
he became who they wanted him to be

all politicians do that to some degree
but this campaign was pure P T Barnham
and indeed, there was a sucker born every minute

what is sad is that his audience wanted what he was selling to them
that his words reflected their own insecurities, their own bigotry and in the end, their own self-centered response to life
"what is sad is that his audience wanted what he was selling to them"
Absolutely, and they will be bitterly disappointed when they realize that he can't, in fact, make America "great" again (i.e. 1950s
America, Ozzy and Harriet, with the Studebaker in the driveway).
exactly!
they will feel betrayed once again
which is going to make mid term elections "interesting"

when you blow something up you don't have something new - you have ashes
I'm not sure that "politicians" and "honest" can be uttered in the same sentence since the job description almost defies true honesty. On the local level you'll get fairly transparent honesty, but as a politician rises through the ranks into municipal, state, and finally national levels, each level leaves the detritus of honesty behind in greater and greater levels. By the time you have a national politician, you have someone who feels the general public cannot be trusted with the honest truth, that it would frighten or skew their views and causing fear responses and reactions.

Politics - feh!

- Erulisse (one L)
Yes. I think it's important to distinguish between honesty and frankness. It's "frank" to speak your thoughts without hiding any of them, but it's not "honest" to say something didn't happen when there are witness, and documentation. Trump has lied over and over again (as HRC may have, for all I know); in my book that's not "honest".
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Trump has written several books and talks about himself incessantly
however, what we say about ourselves does not always reveal who we are

Trump often refers to his book The Art of the Deal
his ghost writer Tony Schwartz spent a good deal of time with him
he wrote an expose piece in the New Yorker and had been interviewed rather extensively
I used to wish for a political candidate who would say what was on his mind, without the endless "spin" we usually get.

It was one of those, "be careful what you wish for" things. Donald Trump does indeed say what's on his mind... and it is foul, hateful, scornful, entitled, vindictive.

His personality was made clear early on. His tendency to deny having said things, even when presented with video evidence, makes me wonder whether he's a solipsist, who thinks the only reality is what exists in his mind at the moment, or simply so privileged that no one has ever required him to account for what he says and does, so he had never developed the capacity to do so.

I don't know how society is affected, but in my case, I don't really trust politicians. I've grown used to none of them delivering on promises. I wasn't fond of either choice this year because, even putting aside my natural mistrust of all things political, these two candidates really were covered in questionable issues from the very beginning. The good news is, I'm less upset by the results than most people I know. The bad news is I'm not expecting anything positive to come from any of this. It's just another day in the strange, useless, world of government.
I am always stunned when people refer to Mr Trump as being honest. He lies bout lying. I'm sure he will be a very good politician if he doesn't get insulted.