The Truth Will Set You Free


The fact of the matter is that a person can’t get mad at you for being honest. You’re telling the truth and you simply cannot fight with that; however, there are plenty of people who ignore this and still get mad when faced with reality. Unfortunately, there are too many people in the world who would much rather hear something that benefits them or just sounds pretty than the truth. I’ll admit that I have my moments where the facts are the last thing I want to look at. Sometimes I would much rather focus on my own speculation, opinions, and assumptions than see what is actually going on. But I do have an uninterrupted respect for honesty. I will always appreciate the truth and acknowledge its value at some point or another. Personally, I try to stick to being real. I don’t believe in being fake (although sometimes politics do come into play) because I believe that the reality of a situation will always outlive even the best of lies.

The truth will set you free because the truth always comes out. A lie is not soundproof and neither is a front, so sooner or later a crack will start to open up and the foundation of the lies begin to fall apart. It always happens. With honesty, there is no room for debate. The truth is black and white and no one can argue with it. If someone asks you how you feel and you’re honest about it, then they can’t be upset with you because they got exactly what they asked for. Anything else would’ve only wasted everyone’s time until the cracks began to show. With the truth, technically speaking, you’ll be free of arguing, hard feelings, and complications. The reality of the situation though is that people generally don’t know how to handle the truth, so it becomes emotional, misconstrued, and a reason for attack. You’ll probably end up in more ridiculous heated discussions than if you were to sugar coat your words, but you’ll probably end up being justified more often as well. Despite the couple of people you’ll rub the wrong way, I am a firm believer that being real is better than waiting for your facade to crack and show your true colors.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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