When we are little truth is so easy. Your teacher holds a blue ball and says, “This ball is blue.” Hey! That’s true! Then, he or she holds up a red ball and says, “This ball is blue.” Hey! It is not…that ball is red, so that is not true. When it comes to truth in that sense, it’s a pretty easy concept. Then, as you get older and experience life, you realize that the word true can be used in many different contexts, and that truth is actually much more subjective, and much less black and white. We learn that lying has consequences, so we tell the truth. However, by telling the truth we learn that the truth has consequences too. Even though “honesty is the best policy,” we learn rather quickly that there is such a thing as “brutal honesty,” and that sometimes the truth is hard to handle. Through my own experiences I have said many times, “I wish they would just be honest with me,” and “I would rather just know the truth.” Even though knowing the truth may be better than not knowing the truth, it doesn’t change the fact that sometimes “the truth hurts” and you’re never prepared for what is going to happen when it’s all laid out. I’ve learned over the years that truth changes. One day the Atkins diet is not good for you, the next it’s good for the heart and helps you lose weight. One day Sam doesn’t like Jenny, and the next day they’re dating and completely in love. One day you’re best friends with someone, and the next day they don’t like you anymore, or vise versa. It’s a wonder we all aren’t completely confused. It’s something that we’ve all adapted to though. It seems, generally speaking, we’ve become skeptical and untrusting. Everything gets questioned and doubted; nothing is taken for what it is, but rather analyzed, discussed, debated, analyzed again, and finally accepted as being true or filed under hoax, false, fake, fiction, etc. It’s like we all have our guards up and are on the defense, so that we don’t get blindsided. Along the same lines as truth changing, truth is something that is different to different people. I would say that it’s true that mushrooms are good, but I can name a few people right off the top of my head who would definitely say “mushrooms are good” is a completely false statement. Some people would say that it’s true that Demi Moore is a good actress; however, I would have to say that is false. Things such as that kind of make truth a difficult thing to teach and explain. I have a daughter, who will be two in July, and I have thought a few times already how I am going to teach to her the concept of truth. There are some things that are relatively easy, like the ball example in the beginning of this paper that I think I can handle. It’s the grey area of truth that I am concerned about. I definitely what for her to grow up being an honest and trustworthy person, but I think it might be difficult to instill that, when you know there may be mixed reactions to complete and total honesty. I don’t want her going around telling people who ask her what she thinks about their shirt, that it’s the ugliest think she has ever seen, but I also don’t want her to take up the idea of little white lies to save people’s feelings, because in my experience little white lies can turn into big lies. Plus, also in my experience, when you tell a little white lie to someone’s face, chances are you tell what you really think to someone else, and then you run the risk of the truth getting out, and of it not being straight from you. Then, you’re caught in a lie, look kind of bad, and can either dig deeper into the hole you’ve just dug yourself, or be honest and face the music. Funny how “the truth will set you free,” but is somehow very complicated and complex. It’s like the famous, “do I look fat in these jeans,” question that women tend to ask. Though it’s usually asked in an effort to dig for a compliment, there is always the chance that the answer you get, may not be the one that you were looking for. Then what? Do you get mad because you asked a question, and got an honest answer? Were you really prepared for an honest answer to begin with? It’s almost as though we all live in a pseudo reality. We are free of the burden of honesty, and truth because people have become so concerned about everyone’s feelings and wanting to look and be nice. So, we all go around being nice and looking nice, and in actuality probably talking a lot about people behind their backs. This, in reality, really isn’t being honest at all. People who are honest, truthful, and say what they mean are called “cold” or “mean” or “bitchy.” It’s always made me wonder if I know the real person, or if I know the person that the individual wants me to know, or thinks I want to know. There’s a saying, “put your best face forward,” which is pretty accurate. It’s really easy to hide our “true” colors, and be a chameleon of sorts, acting the way we think people want us to act, or the way we want people to see us. What is truth? What is true? Some things we think we know are true, and later we discover they weren’t true at all. Other things we doubt as true, or question the honesty and integrity of, and later are proven to be right on. The whole idea of truth, truisms and being true is much more complex than one might think. The dictionary has 7 definitions under the word true, which is followed by other words relating to true, such as: truism, trust, trustworthy and truth. Though the words can be easily defined in writing, defining them through life is not as simple.