Monday, January 25, 2010

The Hiding and the Giving (the tarnish and the varnish)

People make mistakes. People count on so many for help. But so many people cannot be transparent.

Though many say they are.

There’s a certain dishonesty about hiding things behind the curtain that doesn’t suspend disbelief.

I admire Wyclef Jean for coming forward to tell the world his charity made mistakes with money (within 24 hours, not 12 years later like Mark McGuire).

Wyclef faced the music—and right after seeing so many people lose their choice between life and death.

In Hope for Haiti, Wyclef subtly wore a flag as a tie.

Though a lot of people pretend one on this planet spends/earns money perfectly. Otherwise we’d all be perfect in income, investment, business and reputation. To expect this would be ridiculous.

I like to think that we as a people have a mistake tolerance for a greater good.

But when spin doctors or people spinning stories to make themselves look perfect (or less imperfect) – that’s when things start to get perpetually dishonest. (Habit = Perpertual)

If mistakes are reasonable – we could have made them – why hide them?

This might only deter support, erode trust, and seed doubts. (= lost confidence) Things that can’t been seen but can be felt are left unaddressed. More often than not, you can't hide everything fully.

A little more honest tarnish and less instant varnish would do many so much good today.

If costs are honest and help received was genuine – why hide this?

Honesty is the only currency we trust today. We’ve had enough of the rest. The people who act genuine show tarnish.

Tarnish if honest is varnish.

Without showing it, it's hard to have an honest dialogue.

Personally, I’ve met enough people who can’t admit mistakes. And maybe some of us may lack the grace of an eloquent speaker to admit anything, but at least it’s honest.

Too many people are afraid of mistakes. People who are controlled by spin doctors or their own spin. "A reputation to live up to…"

Dishonest is how people use what’s given to enhance their profile – even more so than people who gave or why they gave.

Ultimately, it's the people who hide from us, or hide from themselves, that we think are ruined.

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