One of the amazing things about what has happened over the last four years is how far we have moved away from even a modicum of honesty being expected from the leader of the most powerful country on earth. And among the many challenges Joe Biden will have when he takes office in 30 days is helping us believe we can take our president at his word. It will take some doing, but I believe he’s up to the job.

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December 20, 2020

A culture of honesty
by Mimi Simmons, Washington State

When our daughter was born, her father and I made a controversial decision. We chose to tell her the truth about Santa from the beginning. We wanted her to trust that we would always be honest with her, no matter what. We told her there’s a secret game people play at Christmas. They say a man named Santa sneaks into houses and leaves gifts and everyone likes to pretend it really happens. We told her we don’t want to ruin the fun so we’ll pretend too, when we talk to others but, here at home, she could always count on knowing the truth. She was more than happy to play along and never once spoiled it for others. Her grandparents, however, thought we had gone too far.

At the school where my husband taught, some tried to shield students from the pain they sometimes felt at not being as good at some things as other students were. In the name of preserving self esteem, there was no comparing, no contests, no grades. But kids are smart and aware. They know when some excel and some don’t.

My husband remembers, when he was a boy, the day he realized he wasn’t the best at anything in school and came home crying. As an adult, he realized that being the best wasn’t the only measure of success and as a teacher, he helped his students set goals and levels of mastery to achieve. He helped them with the comparisons they inevitably made and supported them in working through their feelings, from bitter disappointment to boastful pride. He fostered an environment of support where they could see and accept their authentic selves, their levels of achievement and the success of others. They reliably became emotionally stronger and not as vulnerable or anxious.

What a world we’ve come to live in; a culture of lying is rampant and destructive. Dedication to the truth has become rarer and more important than ever. Only listening to things that reinforce your predetermined beliefs, when some of those beliefs are not accurate, only intensifies separation from the truth. Not facing the truth makes us weaker.

As an adult, our daughter continues expecting and insisting upon honesty. As a nation, we could do more of that.

My apologies to Mimi for incorrectly posting her blog with the wrong byline.

3 Comments

  1. I, too, hope and pray that the new norm will be a return to honesty and openness from our president! It appears to me that Joe Biden has already shown he will be straight with us.

    Mimi Simmons and her husband certainly took the idea of complete honesty very seriously in their parenting and I respect their way of going about that! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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