Today’s Blogging101 assignment is to publish a post based on the following Daily Prompt:
You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?
If I had a vial of truth serum, I’m not sure I would want to use it. The general assumption is that the truth is good, lying is bad, but honesty isn’t always the best policy.
We lie to our children all the time to maintain the innocence of youth and the magic of fairy tales. We lie to our family and friends to conceal surprises – parties, presents, big announcements. We lie to people to protect them, knowing that confirming their fear that their latest hair cut was a really bad idea is going to be counter productive. Little white lies can save feelings and marriages – I do not want to know if my husband thinks I look fat in an outfit. He way well think it, but if I know without doubt that he is thinking it, then I’m just going to feel bad. And there are no winners in that case. Having said that, I would like to know if he genuinely sleeps through our daughter’s cries or just fakes it so he doesn’t have to get out of bed.
To ask someone to use truth serum tells them that you don’t trust them. If they are always honest, they will be upset that you doubt them. If they are not always honest, and you find out the truth by using the serum, then you will never be able to trust them in the future. Either way, your relationship will never be the same, so you wouldn’t be able to use the vial on someone that you care about.
Of course, truth serum could be used to find out the answers to some of the big unanswered mysteries and prove conspiracies. But isn’t part of the intrigue not quite knowing? The unknown can lead us to a lot more possibilities than the confirmed truth.