Tonight truth has been on my mind mostly due to television programming. My husband and I always watch American Idol and are often amazed that some of the contestants actually believe they have talent. Sometimes when a person enjoys something such as singing they can be deaf to their own flaws. Are all the people that surround these people also hearing disabled? Is it so important not to hurt someones's feelings that your willing to let them make a fool out of themselves on television? With these thoughts in mind I picked up The Book Of Questions by Gregory Stock, PH.D. and the following question leaped out at me.
A close friend asks---and genuinely wants---your opinion about something, but your opinion is one that he is likely to find quite painful. For example, your friend is an artist and asks your honest estimate of his chances of being successful. You think he is an atrocious artist who hasn't the slightest chance of success. What would you do?