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by Roy Snell
I love “everyday honesty.” What I am talking about are people who tell you, respectfully and civilly, what they really think about
everyday, run-of-the-mill issues. I love to listen
to them. I am not talking about people who lie
through their teeth every day or major dishonesty. I am talking about people who take it a step
further. The current cultural shift that has put so
many things off limits to talk about has caused
some people to just stop sharing their opinions.
The baby has been thrown out with the
bath water. It kind of comes off as dis-
honest to me. Some people have taken
the perfectly acceptable effort from our
society to become more politically cor-
rect and taken it very close to the edge
of suppression of thought. When I see
people who are returning to the concept
of open discussion, it comes off as honesty to me.
I miss everyday honesty. I think a lot of people
miss it, and they like it more now than they ever
have, because it is slipping away from us.
I kind of like civil, everyday honesty rebels.
I am not talking about the screaming, hating,
finger–pointing, offending types. I am talking
about the calm, thoughtful, civil, honest types.
They impress me. They say what they think.
They talk about the elephant in the room. They
address issues that should be addressed. They
are civil about it. They do not care if it affects
their income or popularity. They don’t mind
having someone tell them they are wrong. They
listen to alternative views. They find out when
they are wrong, because they say what they
think. They change their minds when they hear
a better idea. They think it’s OK to risk being
wrong. It’s an important part of what I would
consider the attribute of everyday honesty.
The idea for this post came to me from a
couple of people I talk to on a regular basis who I
think have this ability. One of them is our incoming CEO, Gerry Zack. When he interviewed for
the incoming SCCE & HCCA CEO job, those
who talked to him on the phone, and later in
person, came out of the room very impressed.
For some, it was close to a “
coming-out-of-their-shoes impressed.” His resume was great, but this
was a reaction to a discussion or a person. What
I came up with was that he is honest, humble,
and confident. Since then, I can’t get this out of
my head. Our culture is currently coming off
a period of possible overreach on “what is OK
to talk about.” It makes us treasure people like
Gerry. People miss honest and civil discourse on
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