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June 6, 2014

Verna Davis: If you know the truth, speak up

Sometimes we don't always speak the truth. Even when we say one thing, we mean another.

When we tell people, "You look so young," what we really mean is, "I can't believe how old you are." When we say we have everything we need, what we really mean is that our house is so full of stuff we have no place to put anything else. When we say we never repeat gossip, what we really mean is you'd better listen closely the first time. When we say our checking account is overdrawn, what we really mean is that our checking account has been underdeposited. When we say to a friend, "Don't worry, it's just a minor operation," what we are really saying is "For goodness sake, I'm glad they're doing that to you and not to me."

When we say we want nothing more than a team effort, what we really mean is that we want a lot of people to do things our way. When we say we are students of economics, what we really mean is that we have just realized that the best time to make those purchases we just made would have been last year. When we ask our bosses for a raise to cover the rising standard of living, what we really mean is that we want more money to cover our rising standard of longing.

When we accuse others of having radical opinions, what we really mean is that their opinions differ radically from ours. When a wife tells her husband she doesn't expect him to be perfect, what she really means is if he were perfect, she wouldn't have anything to complain about.

Sometimes, we don't always speak the truth. Even when we know the truth, we don't always speak the truth.

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