Right now in our lives honesty matters more than ever. If you watch the news on any given day it is difficult to distinguish the truth from fiction. We see our political leaders vehemently argue that their version of the truth is the accurate one while the opposition screams from the top of their lungs that of course their version of the truth is obviously the truth. How can we allow this to continue? We need to hold both leaders and the news media accountable for what they are saying. You can have your opinion but it is unacceptable to have your own version of the facts.
This week in the tragic aftermath of the Florida school massacre where seventeen souls lost their lives we see that honesty is again being distorted. There are people out there that are disgustingly using this tragedy to move along their specific agenda. For the record, my opinion is that one death at a school is unacceptable however, honesty matters here also. We must lay out the accurate facts so that the best solutions to an issue can be found. Do we have a true epidemic on our hands, is there an incline in undiagnosed mental illness driving this that needs addressing or have we a few pure acts of evil?
Right now, the mainstream media is touting that there have been 18 school shootings year to date. The reality upon a truthful review of the facts, and laid out by accurately by MRC, there have been three incidents where an armed gunman with evil intent has entered an educational facility. A number far less than the media and politicians are recklessly touting. Even ONE killing is disgusting. There is no need to inflate the statistics to make a point. Honesty matters. Anything less demeans the moment.
It is important in life and business to be honest. If we do not get the unvarnished truth without all of the exaggerations, wild accusations and sensationalism how can we expect to make informed and balanced decisions?
This is a key learning for us in the business world. Get the accurate facts no matter your beliefs or political flavor of choice. Be balanced. Be open minded and do not hype or distort reality to serve a hidden agenda. Clear eyed, identify the problems and develop plans to resolve them in a no nonsense, drama free environment.
Finally, for full disclosure, I am not a member of the NRA and do not own a firearm. I do not have an agenda other than it is important that we have an honest and transparent debate.