Biography: (n) an account of someone’s life written by someone else.
An autobiography: lies I am willing to share about myself.
A biography: lies which others are willing to share about me.
- Truth is more precious than gold.
- It is also more difficult to find.
- It is also more frightening than all the demons of hell.
The reason that truth is avoided is that we cannot control the reaction of others. Since life seems to be about finding favor among our fellows, we try to extract the best rendition of the story of our choices.
So we are often disappointed to discover that the biography of the life of someone we revere fails to mention some of the flaws while also exaggerating the virtues.
Is it possible to produce a biography which is faithful to the facts without tainting the subject of our story so much that people are left unimpressed?
When we consider the statement that “truth makes us free,” what we come up with is that if the truth were spoken about each of us, we are freed from the need to judge others, knowing how easy it would be for them to judge us.
But as long as the human race wants to put white hats on the good guys and black hats on the bad guys … we probably will never learn to affix gray hats on us all.