(Dis)Honesty is the Best Policy

There is a saying that "honesty is the best policy." But I don't know who came up with it, because in practice it seems like dishonesty is the best policy, or at least the most prevalent policy, in modern society.
You have politicians and corporate CEO's sugarcoating everything, if not outright lying, and justifying it as wanting to make people feel good and not lose potential voters or customers.
Most people don't speak their minds honestly either. I think people are afraid to  admit the truth sometimes. You know, it is not so bad to admit mistakes or flaws. Chances are other people are not perfect either and will understand. To convince yourself you are flawless is fooling no one but yourself.
That doesn't mean you aren't awesome. You don't have to be perfect to be awesome. You can even be dead and be  awesome. Some people are diabolically awesome at being evil. They are flawed, but still awesome at evil. Like Dick Cheney. How he manages to stay out of prison is totally astounding and thus awesome.
Do the best you can. If you do that, you are awesome. And if you are awesome, you can be honest and admit that you are not perfect. Chances are no one else is perfect either. They might still judge you for your flaws, but that's not awesome. That's weak sauce. You are awesome.

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